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Right-Wing Extremists Have Killed More in US Since 9/11 than Islamic Terrorists

April 15, 2014 by Brett Wilkins in War on Terror with 6 Comments
Right-wing extremist at a Tea Party rally in Washington, DC. (Photo: Outside the Beltway)

Right-wing extremist at a Tea Party rally in Washington, DC. (Photo: Outside the Beltway)

Since 9/11, right wing extremists have killed more Americans than Islamic jihadists, yet attacks committed by the former don’t get anywhere near the amount of coverage– or government attention– as violence perpetrated by the latter.

On Sunday, White Patriot Party and Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan founder Frazier Glenn Cross, who had obtained weapons from a “straw purchaser,” shot dead three people at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and the Village Shalom Retirement Community in Overland Park, Kansas. Cross was charged Tuesday with capital and premeditated murder for killing 14-year-old student Reat Underwood, 69-year-old physician William Corporon, and 53-year-old Terri LaManno.

Underwood, Corporon and LaManno are the 32nd, 33rd and 34th people killed by right-wing extremists, including anti-government militia members, Christian fundamentalists and white supremacists, in the United States since the September 11, 2001 Islamic terror attacks, according to the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute. Over that same period, Islamic jihadists have killed 23 people in the US.

Last year, the Boston Marathon bombing, which also killed three people, was treated by the corporate mainstream media and by the US government as a major national event. There was constant 24-hour news coverage, with pundits and politicians alike howling about the undiminished dangers of Islamic terrorism. There was no such coverage after the Kansas City attack.

Meanwhile, conservatives rallied around Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher illegally grazing his cattle on public land who drew hundreds of armed militiamen from around the nation to boost his standing during a standoff with federal agents in which Bundy threatened to wage a “range war” against the United States.

Some observers have wondered whether the Kansas killings would be receiving more attention if the gunman had shouted “Allahu Akbar” instead of “Heil Hitler.”

Indeed, while Muslim Americans have come under intense– many say unconstitutional— scrutiny by state security forces in the years since 9/11, far less government resources have been applied toward monitoring right-wing hate groups and other extremists who sometimes resort to violent attacks like the anti-Semitic murders in Kansas last weekend.

The danger of right-wing extremism within the ranks of the US military is far more common than radical Islam, which gets all the attention thanks to the likes of deplorable but extremely isolated attacks like the one committed by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan at Ft. Hood, Texas in 2009. Former US Homeland Security Department senior domestic terrorism analyst Darryl Johnson noted that a survey of more than 17,000 US soldiers found that nearly 600 of them had experienced attempted recruitment by right-wing extremist groups, while nearly 1,200 knew a soldier who they believed to be a member of such groups.

Right-wing extremist attacks in the United States have increased dramatically since 1990. (Graphic: CTC/West Point)

Right-wing extremist attacks in the United States have increased dramatically since 1990. (Graphic: CTC/West Point)

It’s not as if the military and government aren’t aware of this. A 2013 report from the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point expressed alarm at the “dramatic rise in the number of attacks and violent plots originating from individuals and groups who self-identify with the far right of American politics.” The report cited Christian fundamentalists, militias, skinheads, neo-Nazis and militant anti-abortionists as growing threats.

To be fair, you’re as likely to be crushed to death by your home’s furniture as you are to be killed in any sort of terrorist attack. But with majority of media and government attention focused on Islamic terror, it’s definitely worth pointing out that in the years since 9/11, right-wing extremists have murdered nearly 50 percent more people here in the US than have jihadists.

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  1. EnlightenedApril 16, 2014 at 5:17 pmReply

    This is one really stupid article.
    What no mention about left wing extremists? Oh yeah their called socialists, communists and fascists and they have killed 100’s of millions of people and support and cheer on the slaughter of millions of unborn children every year.

    Oh never mind.

    • Brett WilkinsApril 16, 2014 at 7:38 pmReplyAuthor

      Fascists are right-wing, FYI.
      OK, name one person killed by left-wing extremists in the United States since 9/11. Heck, since the turn of the century.
      I agree about the “slaughter of millions of unborn children.” I wish there were more progressives that felt the same. Just as right-wingers are hypocrites for preaching “pro-life” while fanatically supporting the death penalty and foreign wars which kill countless children, many of us on the left are hypocrites when we claim to oppose all killing– except killing in the womb.
      I concede this. Now you concede that left-wing extremists pose practically zero threat to the security of the US public, and have killed no one here in quite some time.

  2. PJApril 17, 2014 at 10:39 amReply

    You failed to mention that Frazier Glenn Cross ran for office as a Democrat, then a Republican, then an Independent, so you are only ASSUMING that he is a right wing conservative.

    btw, Jared Loughner was a left winger.

    Other Left wing killers:

    Joe Stack
    Amy Bishop
    Ted Kaczynski (remember him?)
    Lee Harvey Oswald (avowed Communist)

    • Brett WilkinsApril 17, 2014 at 11:36 amReplyAuthor

      So what if Cross was once a Republican and a Democrat? So was I. Many Bush neocons were leftists in their youth as well. If you are a KKK leader, you are right-wing. You don’t have to like it, just like I don’t have to like that Stalin was left-wing, but it is what it is. Yes, Jared Loughner expressed some leftist views, but mostly just anti-government ones. And even if you count his death toll in this list, that’s still less than the number killed by right-wing extremists.

      Yes, there have been many left-wing extremist acts over the years, many more than you have listed here. There have been far, far more right-wing killings over the years, since the US political right embraces violence much more than the political left. But that is not the topic of this article. The topic of this article is the fact that since 9/11, right-wing extremists have killed more people on US soil than Islamic militants. Do you refute this?

      It does seem that you have successfully refuted my claim that zero people have been killed by left-wingers in this nation since 9/11. A handful have been.

  3. Not BarackApril 22, 2014 at 3:07 pmReply

    You’re forgetting the bloodless genocide, or doesn’t White Survival count? Apparently not, as long as homosexuals are free to indoctrinate and bugger young boys. Black as well as white.

    • Brett WilkinsApril 22, 2014 at 3:20 pmReplyAuthor

      To which “bloodless genocide” are you referring?

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