Friday, January 18, 2013

New West Point Study Defines Threat Posed by Far Right-Wing Groups In U.S.

A new study from the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point--a think tank connected to the West Point Military Academy--highlights the threat of violent far-right movements in the United States, leading to the conclusion that, while diverse in in their causes, they are similar in their use of violence to achieve their aims. 

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Members of the Michigan Militia
The study begins with this:
In the last few years, and especially since 2007, there has been a 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. These incidents cause many to wonder whether these are isolated attacks, an increasing trend, part of increasing societal violence, or attributable to some other condition. To date, however, there has been limited systematic documentation and analysis of incidents of American domestic violence.

This study provides a conceptual foundation for understanding different far-right groups and then presents the empirical analysis of violent incidents to identify those perpetrating attacks and their associated trends.

Read the entire study here.

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