Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

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Earlier this month, The Daily Mirror’s Alex Wellman reported that “Members of the Loyal White Knights (LWK) faction of the [Ku Klux Klan] claim an influx of military troops returning to the US from overseas will train recruits in armed combat.” Wellman pointed out that “The group, which is thought to be active in at least three states, said it was taking the move to prepare for a race war they claim is coming – along with the collapse of modern society.”

While most people recognize that the LWK isn’t capable of mounting anything near what they’re dreaming about, nevertheless, one’s head would have to be deeply buried in the sand not to recognize that there has been a precipitous rise in anti-government rhetoric and acts of domestic terrorism in recent months – as witnessed by the recent anti-government gatherings at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada, the anti-Semitic-motivated shootings in Overland Park, Kansas, an attempted attack on a Forsyth County Georgia courthouse by a man with ties to the Sovereign Citizen movement, and Jerad and Amanda Miller’s recent Las Vegas rampage which resulted in the deaths of three people, including two police officers.

The recent spate of white-supremacist/anti-Semitic-inspired shootings is not an unfamiliar phenomenon. In January 2004, I wrote a story titled “Whither America’s Homegrown Terrorists,” which cited a number of terrorist actions by far-right activists. From the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people and wounded more than 500, to numerous anti-government plots to kill police officers, from the bombing of abortion clinics to the murder of doctors who perform abortion, white domestic terrorists have been plotting in the shadows, and acting out their own “revolutionary” scenarios for more than twenty years.

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