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US Sees Steady Rise in Violence by White Supremacists
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=48422"><span class="small">Jeff Pegues, CBS News</span></a>   
Saturday, 16 March 2019 12:38

Pegues writes: "The U.S. has seen a rise in violence by white supremacists, including the murders of 11 people at a Pittsburgh Synagogue last fall."

White supremacists rallying in Washington, D.C. (photo: Andrew Stefan/RSN)
White supremacists rallying in Washington, D.C. (photo: Andrew Stefan/RSN)


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US Sees Steady Rise in Violence by White Supremacists

By Jeff Pegues, CBS News

16 March 19

 

deadly shooting on two houses of worship in New Zealand left at least 49 people dead. The alleged gunman targeted Muslims.

The U.S. has seen a rise in violence by white supremacists, including the murders of 11 people at a Pittsburgh Synagogue last fall. There was also a deadly clash at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, the murders of nine people at a church in Charleston in 2015 and the deaths of six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012.

In New York on Friday, heavily armed police officers stood watch outside a mosque. Security was stepped up across the country even though U.S. law enforcement officials are not aware of any imminent threat.

What investigators have seen is a steady rise in right-wing extremism.

"We're seeing an increase in the propaganda. Again, when we look at their propaganda, they are borrowing propaganda techniques from other terrorist groups," said John Miller, New York's deputy head of counterterrorism.

ISIS inspired its followers online and now white supremacists are doing the same. Far-right attacks in Europe jumped 43 percent between 2016 and 2017. In the U.S., right-wing extremists were linked to at least 50 murders last year, a 35 percent increase over 2017.

"I would say the majority of it is propagated online. In fact this morning after the attacks, I was seeing celebrations of the attacks online on the anti-Muslim hate sites. It's really disgusting," said Ibrahim Hooper, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Just last month, Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hassan was arrested after prosecutors said he was stockpiling weapons for an attack to fuel a race war.

In October, Robert Bowers killed 11 in a Pittsburgh synagogue. He had posted anti-Semitic messages online leading up to the attack.

The alleged shooter in New Zealand mentioned Bowers in his 74-page manifesto as well as Charleston church killer Dylann Roof. He livestreamed his attack in an effort to keep the cycle of violence going.

"All of these guys watch. They watch the reaction, they watch the tactics of those that went before them. And we ought to acknowledge that there is a rise in sort of nationalism around the world," said Fran Townsend, a former White House Homeland Security advisor.

At the White House, President Trump said he did not see white nationalism as a rising global threat. "I think it's a small group of people that have very, very, serious problems," he said.

Currently, the FBI has about 900 active domestic terrorism cases and that includes cases tied to white supremacists.

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+2 # librarian1984 2019-03-16 18:49
Violent white supremacists have been a problem for a long time. southern Poverty Law Center has been keeping track of hate crimes for decades and have always talked about US law enforcement's unwillingness to recognize white supremacists as terrorists.

In the same way law enforcement opted out of domestic violence situations for decades, they have also refused to take white terrorists seriously, maybe because so many are in their own ranks.

Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign has been the impetus for a number of discussions on crucially important issues. The establishment talks about incrementalism and makes mouth noises about progress without ever disturbing their cushy status. quo, but Bernie has pushed forward discussions on health care, minimum wage, racial and economic justice, etc.

THAT is why Sanders should be our next nominee -- HE has shown the power to move people and channel their energy in effective ways toward positive change.

Obama had that power and squandered it. Bernie won't.

Hillary supporters continue to say that Sanders hurt her run for president but it is increasingly obvious that it was she who prevented Bernie's win. He could have beaten Trump, and we could have spent the last two years solving problems.
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2019-03-17 17:29
Quoting librarian1984 2019-03-16 18:49:
Hillary supporters continue to say that (yada yada)

- give it a rest? already? why go all 2016 on us?

when? oh when? do you stop listening to what hillary supporters say?

by the way? where do you find them? anyway? - they are so yesterday?

for one? i've stopped listening to how bernie woulda trounced dickhead? already? can't you? - who won or lost that race? not run? - are you a bookie? why offer us great odds?

you spoiled a fine comment by bringing up somebody nobody supports anymore? hillary who? c'mon?

does it soothe your conscience to say that someone you voted against lost?

- bernie has moved on! we can too! - fix the problem! not the blame!

ps - it's nice to see you support a great candidate again!

just know that! if you vote for a 3rd party candidate again? that no one will care! - 3rd party candidates for national office in america are ONE BIG JOKE! ON AMERICA!
 
 
-1 # lfeuille 2019-03-17 21:53
This article is about a "steady rise" in the level of white nationalist violence. That means more and more of it above the historical level. This sounds like just more Trump apology.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2019-03-19 15:51
Please, tell me where I even mentioned Trump. You people are obsessed, and project it onto others! So tiresome.

My observation is that SPLC has been reporting on domestic terrorists for many years, and how law enforcement ignores/downpla ys it. That is a fact. Nothing more nothing less, and indicates this is a serious, perhaps systemic (institutionali zed), crisis, and is not a new phenomenon.

Gee, I wonder why there's a funding problem.
 
 
+3 # MidwestDick 2019-03-16 23:12
Important news: Trump says it is the other White "Nationalists" who have serious problems. He is apparently radiantly sane and hasn't a racist bone in his body.
MAWA!
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2019-03-17 16:51
Quoting MidwestDick:
Important news: Trump says it is the other White "Nationalists" who have serious problems. He is apparently radiantly sane and hasn't a racist bone in his body.
MAWA!

- MBGA?

MAKE BILLIONAIRES GRATE AGAIN?
 
 
+2 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-03-17 04:53
'At the White House, President Trump said he did not see white nationalism as a rising global threat. "I think it's a small group of people that have very, very, serious problems," he said.'

Sounds like his own family.
 
 
0 # wilhelmscream 2019-03-17 07:04
History repeats itself right now!
 
 
+3 # WorkingClass 2019-03-17 11:30
Tell our Native Americans that the US does not have a white supremacist history. Our record of white power is well documented, from Native American genocide, slavery, laws against those of mediterranean lineage, Japanese internment and now, the foundation of the Trump campaign and administration. We can't undo this history, but we sure as hell can acknowledge it and learn from the mistakes of the past. Until as a society we do this we shouldn't be surprised by the hate we see in our modern white supremacist movement.
 
 
+1 # Anne Frank 2019-03-18 15:18
Ironically, most of the victims of so-called "white nationalism" are themselves every bit as "white" as the terrorists that attack them. Religious bigotry more likely motivates most terrorists, rather than skin color.