If you listened at all to Rep. Peter King (R-NY) or anyone else on the far right of the GOP, the future of this country is at risk from the ever-growing menace of the hidden Muslim terrorist. King dedicated Congressional time and dollars to investigating this menace, resulting in not much but a bunch of fear mongering.
But if the right were serious about tackling the issue of domestic terrorism they would take a look in their own backyard. Just last week the FBI arrested a 37 year old school bus driver who is suspected of vandalizing a central California mosque and firebombing a Planned Parenthood clinic last year.
Meanwhile five people in the Fairbanks, Alaska area were arrested on charges connected with a plot to kidnap or kill state troopers and a Fairbanks judge. The arrests came after an investigation revealed “extensive” plans including detailed surveillance on the homes of two of the troopers.
So who are these new breed of domestic terrorists? In Alaska they were part of the militia faction that supported Joe Miller in his Palin-sponsored run for the Senate. The group was part of the “sovereign citizenship” movement, a group tied to increasing violence against the institutions of this country.
As the Southern Poverty Law Center has noted, the number of “patriot” or “sovereign” groups has seen a sharp increase in the past couple of years, and their actions are getting more and more violent. Despite these facts though each time a clinic is threatened, a mosque attacked, or a group of militiamen arrested the media insists each is an “isolated incident.”
But there is nothing isolated about the increasing activity of these hate groups, or the copycat individuals they inspire. Rather than demonizing the Muslim community the resources of Congress would be better spent purging this country of the forces of hate festering in the right.
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