Since 9/11, the United States government has spent much of its time and money combating the terrorist threat posed by foreign Islamic extremist groups like al Qaeda and ISIS.
National security experts in 2017, however, are equally concerned about the threat posed by white supremacists like suspected Charlottesville, Virginia, killer James Fields and so-called lone wolf mass shooters like Stephen Paddock.
During a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee hearing — just five days before the 64-year-old retired accountant carried out a mass shooting that left at least 58 people dead and injured at least 527 more in Las Vegas — Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and FBI director Christopher Wray were on Capitol Hill discussing the relative lack of national attention paid to domestic terrorist threats relative to international ones like the Islamic State.
McCaskill referenced an April report from the Government Accountability Office that showed white supremacists and other anti-government extremists have carried out 62 terrorist attacks resulting in 106 fatalities since 9/11. Radical Muslims during that time have executed just 23 domestic terror attacks in the U.S. that killed 119 people, according to the GAO report.
So far this year, white supremacists have killed at least four Americans on U.S. soil.
Islamic extremists haven’t killed any.
“I don’t think most Americans realize that the number of incidents by white supremacist militant [and] anti-government organizations are almost triple the number of attacks of those who identify with a jihadist movement internationally in this country,” McClaskill said during the hearing.
“If you ask most Americans, they would assume that the threat from ISIS influence is much greater, and in reality, the facts don’t support that,” she said.
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