According to a new report issued by the Department of Homeland Security, right-wing extremist groups are taking advantage of the current economic conditions and fact that we have a black President to recruit returning, out-of-work veterans and others. Following is a clip from Reuters:
…The April 7 report, which Reuters and other news media obtained on Tuesday, said such fears were driving a resurgence in “recruitment and radicalization activity” by white supremacist groups, antigovernment extremists and militia movements. It did not identify any by name.
DHS had no specific information about pending violence and said threats had so far been “largely rhetorical.”
But it warned that home foreclosures, unemployment and other consequences of the economic recession “could create a fertile recruiting environment for right-wing extremists.”
“To the extent that these factors persist, right-wing extremism is likely to grow in strength,” DHS said.
The report warned that military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat skills could be recruitment targets, especially those having trouble finding jobs or fitting back into civilian society…
And, as you might imagine, folks on the fringe of the right wing aren’t enjoying being singled out.