— sha (@shashashasha) June 18, 2015
NYTimes story from Tuesday, “The Growing Right-Wing Terror Threat“:
… The main terrorist threat in the United States is not from violent Muslim extremists, but from right-wing extremists. Just ask the police.
In a survey we conducted with the Police Executive Research Forum last year of 382 law enforcement agencies, 74 percent reported anti-government extremism as one of the top three terrorist threats in their jurisdiction; 39 percent listed extremism connected with Al Qaeda or like-minded terrorist organizations. And only 3 percent identified the threat from Muslim extremists as severe, compared with 7 percent for anti-government and other forms of extremism…
Law enforcement agencies around the country are training their officers to recognize signs of anti-government extremism and to exercise caution during routine traffic stops, criminal investigations and other interactions with potential extremists. “The threat is real,” says the handout from one training program sponsored by the Department of Justice. Since 2000, the handout notes, 25 law enforcement officers have been killed by right-wing extremists, who share a “fear that government will confiscate firearms” and a “belief in the approaching collapse of government and the economy.”…
193 years ago, Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church was burned down – pastor executed – for organizing a slave revolt http://t.co/UvVSuFCdaC
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) June 18, 2015
Most of the GOP presidential candidates are currently attending Ralph Reed‘s “Faith & Freedom Coalition Policy Conference” in DC, where Rand Paul has already shared his thoughts on the Charleston massacre:
… “What kind of person goes into church and shoots nine people?” Paul lamented. “There’s a sickness in our country. There’s something terribly wrong. But it isn’t going to be fixed by your government. It’s people straying away, it’s people not understanding where salvation comes from. I think if we understand that, we’ll have better expectations of what to expect from government.”…
Hillary Clinton was in Las Vegas at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), along with Bernie Sanders… and Ben Carson.
Apart from the Original Sin behind “American Exceptionalism”, what’s on the agenda for the evening?