How will the threat of homegrown terrorism, associated with radical far-right groups, affect the lives of the American right now?
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How will the threat of homegrown terrorism, associated with radical far-right groups, affect the lives of the American right now?

Whenever there is an act of international or domestic terrorism promoted by the extreme right or extreme  ideology in any nation in the world, said criminal act changes the way people live in that nation, and the United States will not be the exception.

Whenever there is an act of international or internal terrorism promoted by the radical conservative extreme right among some nationalists who are mostly anti-immigration, but above all they are against globalization. 

Another phenomenon when talking about local terrorism is the motivations behind this type of local behavior, because apart from there being ideological terrorism, when talking about the United States there is also anti-Jewish or Antisemitism and anti-Muslim terrorism, and the worst of it is that everything is anti-racial terrorism, which is not a new phenomenon knowing the little racial, ideological and religious tolerance of some radical American extra-rights groups.

When we talk about domestic terrorism, when we talk in global terms, it is generally defined by laws that each nation has established a legal framework to pursue and bring to justice those who involve criminal acts dangerous to human life on American soil. Types of criminal acts that seem intended to coerce a civilian population or influence or affect the conduct of the federal government, but also the state.

According to DHS, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there were 231 incidents (i.e., attacks or plots) that many consider meeting the definition of domestic terrorism between 2010 and 2021. They occurred throughout the United States, but the largest number of incidents occurred in states with major metropolitan cities, such as California (Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), New York (New York), and Washington, D.C., among other states, but on a smaller scale and frequency.

Perhaps that is why the national political class of both Democrats and Republicans, when talking about terrorism when it is local, does not dare confront the most radical voters of the extreme right of the Republican Party.

We all know that in some cases terrorism is more combative between ideologically opposed groups that, as in the case of the United States, are under the protection of Republican Party leaders who support the anti-democratic criminal actions of these groups as part of the democratic system.

  We must also talk about the unconditional support of former President Donald Trump, the presidential candidate in the 2024 presidential elections, when talking about these radicalized far-right groups. A Donald Trump, who receives the unconditional support and militants of these groups, is considered by state national security as a member of a radical group that can be considered a group with attitudes and behaviors considered terrorists.

Why should American intelligence agencies take the threat of native terrorism seriously?

Another type of terrorism known worldwide, and greater known to all when we talk about international terrorism, are those in the past and present who relied on liberal ideologies of the extreme left who wish to change the system of government in any nation in the world, using as tactics criminal acts against the institutions of the states as strategies to change the way of living in that nation, and the United States will not be the exception.

As a result, it is very difficult for those who govern the American nation to condemn any type of internal terrorism, and rather their efforts are aimed at criminalizing or focusing their attention on the very terrible product of religious ideology, such as the case of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, members of the Islamic State (IS), and let’s not talk about Hamas, who are mostly against the occupation of the State of Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories.

 The American people must be prepared for changes that will occur in their daily lives as a result of the attack on Congress by radicalized nationalist groups of the American extreme right inspired by white supremacy.

The act of insurrection in Congress against the democratic system, provoked and supported by radicalized groups of the extreme right, is a terrorist act that will change the daily lives of the American people.

This act to overthrow the government, which the politicians want to accept, will not change the way the American people perceive the existence of these groups, and they will demand justice against those who participated in this act of insurgency. 

No one doubts that, as a result of this act of insurrection by radicalized extreme right groups, it will result in anti-terrorist measures. The way the intelligence agencies will look at these groups will change not only the way these groups operate but also how the American people will look at the members of these far-right groups, who are part of the American people who dared to attack the institutions of the system that is symbolized in the building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

For decades, federal and state intelligence agencies such as the nation’s attorney general’s office, the FBI and Homeland Security, for political reasons, have not wanted to take seriously the danger to democratic stability posed by the growth and influence of radicalized far-right groups in the American nation. 

No one doubts that the act of insurrection by a mob of pro-Trump supporters on Capitol Hill was a sign of the dangers that homegrown terrorism represents not only for national security but also in the daily lives of the American people.

What have been the most recent cases associated with local terrorism by right-wing anarchist individuals or groups?

According to those posted on the home page of this federal institution, the targets of potential violence include public institutions, religious institutions, the LGBTQI community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, critical US infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents. Recent incidents have highlighted the ongoing threat to communities based on faith, including the Jewish community.

In early November of last year, an individual in New Jersey was arrested for sharing a manifesto online that threatened to attack synagogues. Some domestic violent extremists who have carried out attacks have cited previous attacks and attackers as inspiration.

Some domestic violent extremists have expressed grievances based on the perception that the government is overstepping its constitutional powers or failing to fulfill its duties. Historically, previous attackers have cited issues related to immigration and abortion as inspiration for the violence.

Following the shooting at the end of November at an LGBTQ at the bar in Colorado Springs. In October 2022, in San Francisco, California, an individual allegedly broke into the home of a member of Congress and attacked his spouse with a hammer. The individual arrested for this crime was allegedly inspired by partisan grievances and conspiracy theories.

National Terrorism Alert System Bulletin, May 24, 2023: The United States remains in a heightened threat environment. Lone criminals and small groups motivated by a variety of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to represent a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland.

Both domestic violent extremists (DVEs) and those associated with foreign terrorist organizations continue to attempt to motivate their followers to carry out attacks in the country, including through violent extremist messages and online calls for violence.

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