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Re: Domestic Terrorism

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Post by Foggy » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:00 pm

That's dumb. He was going to kill himself with a bomb to promote the concept of sortition? :doh:

I mean, even if he hadn't been caught, y'know?

"Hon, you ever hear about sortition?"

"No, babe, wuzzat?"

"It's like, you put all the eligible voters in a lottery and pick politicians by chance."

"That's dumb. Most people don't want to be politicians."

"Yeah, but maybe we should think about it."

"How come, babydoll?"

"This guy from New York blew himself up with a bomb on the Nationable Mall to draw attention to sortition."

"What? WTF are you smokin', dude? He blew himself up to get us to think about something dumb, and so now you think maybe we should go ahead and think about something dumb because of that? That is SO CRAZY, pilgrim. Take a deep breath and say sumpin' what makes sense, willya?"


Mr. William L. Bryan is the root of a great deal of criminal mischief.
And yet, Mr. Bryan remains at large. :mrgreen:

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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:11 pm

Quartz
US terror attacks are increasingly motivated by right-wing views ...

A rise in right-wing terror

An analysis of the Global Terrorism Database by researchers at the University of Maryland published in 2017 shows a “sharp increase” in the share of attacks by right-wing extremists, from 6% in the 2000s to 35% in the 2010s. The share of attacks by religious extremists also increased, from 9% to 53% between the two decades.

Meanwhile, the share of attacks by left-wing terrorists and environmentalist extremists dropped from 64% in the 2000s to 12% in the 2010s.

Researchers point out that many recent attacks on US soil are carried out by individuals without any strong links to a terrorist organization—known popularly as “lone wolves.”

The study defines “right-wing extremism” as “violence in support of the belief that personal and/or national way of life is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent,” including anti-globalism, white supremacy, nationalism, suspicion of the government, and beliefs in conspiracies.

An analysis by Quartz of the same Global Terrorism Database confirmed that the trend persisted in 2017, when most attacks in the US were committed by right-wing extremists. Out of 65 incidents last year, 37 were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations.



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Re: Domestic Terrorism

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Post by Addie » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:53 pm

CNN - Peter Bergen
Yes, there is such a thing as right-wing terrorism ...

Of course, we don't yet know the exact motivation of the person responsible for the mail bombs, but we do know that there is, in fact, a long history of political violence emanating from the far right. Claims that bombings are a liberal tactic, or that right-wing terrorists don't exist, are simply false.

Recall first that the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was, at the time, the most lethal act of terrorism ever on US soil. The bombing killed 168 people and was carried out by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who both had a long association with far-right causes.

Indeed, since 9/11, terrorists motivated by far-right ideologies have killed 73 people in the United States, according to New America, a research institution that tracks political violence.

Meanwhile, during the same time period in the United States, eight people were killed by terrorists motivated by black nationalist ideology, while jihadist terrorists have killed 104.

Leftist terrorists have not killed anyone during this period in the United States, though an anti-Trump fanatic shot and gravely wounded Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, senior House Republican, last year in Virginia when he was attending a baseball practice.



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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:09 pm

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Man Charged With Planning Suicide Bombing on Election Day

NEW YORK—Federal authorities were holding a New York man who they said planned to blow himself up on Washington’s National Mall on Election Day in November to promote his ideology that requires government leaders to be randomly selected.

Paul Rosenfeld, 56, was charged on Oct. 24 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan with building multiple explosives, including a 200-pound bomb, in his basement in Tappan, New York, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

“Had he been successful, Rosenfeld’s alleged plot could have claimed the lives of innocent bystanders and caused untold destruction,” William Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in a statement.

Rosenfeld is being held without bail until his arraignment, which has been set for Nov. 9, Dawn Dearden, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said by telephone.

He was charged with manufacturing a destructive device and interstate transportation and receipt of an explosive, each of which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, prosecutors said.



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Re: Domestic Terrorism

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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:45 am

WaPo - Ben Sargent
Trump’s hate and lies are inciting extremists. Just ask the analyst who warned us. ...

I spoke to Daryl Johnson, the former Department of Homeland Security analyst who created a big stir when he authored a leaked report in 2009 warning of a rise in right-wing extremist activity. Conservatives reacted with outrage, and the Obama administration decided it needed to do damage control. But Johnson was onto something, and he has since launched a consulting company that studies domestic extremism and advises law enforcement about it.

An edited and condensed version of our conversation follows.

THE PLUM LINE: Your 2009 report talked about the rise in right-wing extremism as a reaction to Barack Obama’s election and the financial crash. What are the ingredients now?

DARYL JOHNSON: We’ve had almost eight years of far-right groups recruiting, radicalizing and growing in strength. Typically during Republican administrations we see a decrease in activity. But under this administration they continue to operate at a heightened level. One reason why is the rhetoric coming from Donald Trump.

Building a border wall, deporting immigrants, a travel ban on Muslim countries — these are themes discussed on white-nationalist message boards and websites for years, now being endorsed and talked about at the highest levels of the government. He’s retweeted messages about Muslims from conspiracy sites. What keeps these groups energized and active is the fact that the administration has mainstreamed their message and tried to put it forth as policy.



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Re: Domestic Terrorism

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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:22 pm

New York Mag - Zak Cheney-Rice
When White Supremacists Target the Black Elderly

Two black senior citizens were murdered in Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday. Maurice Stallard, 69, was at a Kroger supermarket when Gregory Bush, a 51-year-old white man, walked in and shot him multiple times. Bush then exited the store and shot Vickie Lee Jones, 67, in the parking lot before an armed bystander reportedly fired back, prompting him to flee. Police were unable to confirm accounts that Bush encountered a second armed man, who engaged him in a brief standoff where no shots were fired, according to the New York Times. “Don’t shoot me and I won’t shoot you,” the man’s son, Steve Zinninger, claimed Bush told his father. “Whites don’t kill whites.” Police apprehended Bush minutes later.

Bush had no known connection to either of his victims. Any doubt of a racial motive seemed quelled when surveillance footage showed the shooter forcibly tried to enter a black church minutes before moving on to the supermarket. The Times reports that a member of the 185-year-old First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown grew alarmed when she saw Bush yanking “aggressively” at its locked front doors. Up to ten people were inside the chapel following a midweek service. “I’m just thankful that all of our doors and security was in place,” church administrator Billy Williams said.

The murder of black seniors is a relatively rare phenomenon in the U.S. People over 65 accounted for just 2 percent of black homicide victims in 2014, according to a 2017 Violence Policy Center report, citing that year as the most recent for which data was available. Yet they have been central victims in recent racist killings. From Charleston to New York City and, now, possibly Louisville, some of the 21st century’s most notorious white supremacists have targeted black seniors for violent deaths. The unique cruelty of this pattern magnifies its obvious illogic, demonstrating yet again that white rhetoric framing black people as threats is shallow cover for terrorizing the vulnerable.

It also casts harsh light on the canards used to deflect reckoning with racist violence among partisan pundits. Arguments that police brutality claims are overblown, and that “black-on-black crime” is the more pressing issue, can make interracial violence a tough sell as worthy of national attention — if mostly for conservatives seeking to avoid confronting racism altogether. Yet their reasoning rarely cuts both ways. Terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees have not happened in the U.S., yet their specter fueled President Donald Trump’s election. Violent crime committed by undocumented immigrants is rare, but as a rhetorical device, it is among the central Republican wedge issues of the upcoming midterm elections.

The reality is that there has long been a tacit understanding in America that some forms of violence are more morally objectionable than others, regardless of their frequency. That this understanding is often weaponized to promote xenophobia and white supremacy belies that it also has appropriate applications. Black Americans have been targeted for centuries of enslavement and racial violence. Black people in their 60s are among the last generation who lived through and remember Jim Crow. Maurice Stallard was about five years old when Brown v. Board of Education was decided and a teenager when the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965. Vickie Lee Jones was five when the Montgomery Bus Boycotts ended. She was close to 13 when white terrorists in Birmingham, Alabama, murdered four little black girls in a church.



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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:50 pm

The Atlantic - Peter Beinart
Trump Shut Programs to Counter Violent Extremism

The administration has hobbled the infrastructure designed to prevent atrocities like Pittsburgh. ...

In the waning days of Barack Obama’s administration, the Department of Homeland Security awarded a set of grants to organizations working to counter violent extremism, including among white supremacists. One of the grantees was Life After Hate, which The Hill has called “one of the only programs in the U.S. devoted to helping people leave neo-Nazi and other white supremacy groups.” Another grant went to researchers at the University of North Carolina who were helping young people develop media campaigns aimed at preventing their peers from embracing white supremacy and other violent ideologies. But soon after Trump took office, his administration canceled both of these grants. In its first budget, it requested no funding for any grants in this field.

It’s part of a pattern of neglect. The grants were administered by the Office of Community Partnerships, which works intimately with local governments and community organizations to prevent jihadist and white-nationalist radicalization. In Obama’s last year, according to the former director, George Selim, the office boasted 16 full-time employees, roughly 25 contractors, and a budget of more than $21 million. The Trump administration has renamed it the Office of Terrorism Prevention Partnerships, and cut its staff to eight full-time employees and its budget to less than $3 million.

Under Obama, the Office of Community Partnerships housed an interagency task force on Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, that included officials detailed from the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Departments of Justice, Education, and Health and Human Services. Today the task force exists in name only. Its staff members have all returned to their home agencies and departments. “Under this administration,” says Selim, who now works at the Anti-Defamation League, “there’s been a precipitous decline in the dedicated staff and program funding devoted to combatting ideologically motivated violence.”

This decline can’t be chalked up to general budget cuts. Although Trump has slashed funding for many domestic departments, he increased Department of Homeland Security spending by more than 7 percent in his first budget and another 4 percent in his second. The cuts stem instead from two biases. First, in keeping with their law-and-order mentality, Trump officials would rather empower the police to arrest suspected terrorists than work with local communities to prevent people from becoming terrorists in the first place, as the Office of Community Partnerships did. Second, they believe the primary terrorist threat to Americans is jihadism, not white supremacy. The Office of Community Partnerships committed the sin of working on both.



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Re: Domestic Terrorism

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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:00 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:50 pm
The Atlantic - Peter Beinart
Trump Shut Programs to Counter Violent Extremism

The administration has hobbled the infrastructure designed to prevent atrocities like Pittsburgh. ...

:snippity:
One reason missing: it was an Obama program ...



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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:24 pm

New York Post
Trump’s rhetoric pushed man to commit terror plot: lawyers

Lawyers for a man convicted of a terrorist plot to bomb a Kansas apartment complex are blaming President Trump for stoking their client’s fiery rhetoric about Muslims.

Attorneys for Patrick Stein — who was found guilty of planning to kill Muslim residents of Garden City, Kansas — claimed that Trump’s “brand of rough-and-tumble verbal pummeling” contributed to Stein’s homicidal thoughts.

“The court cannot ignore the circumstances of one of the most rhetorically mold-breaking, violent, awful, hateful and contentious presidential elections in modern history, driven in large measure by the rhetorical China shop bull who is now our president,” the lawyers wrote in a sentencing memo filed on Monday.

The lawyers are asking for a lesser sentence in part due to the argument that Stein was a Trump supporter and the president inflamed Stein’s anti-immigrant hatred — ultimately influencing the man’s attack plans. ...

Stein and two other members of a Kansas militia group were convicted of the plot to bomb an apartment complex that’s home to Somali immigrants the day after the November election.



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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:26 pm

The Hill
Prosecutors say pipe bomb suspect committed ‘domestic terrorist attack’

The man accused of sending more than a dozen pipe bombs to high-profile Democrats committed a “domestic terrorist attack,” federal prosecutors wrote in a recent court filing, arguing he be detained pending trial.

Cesar Sayoc was arrested Friday and charged with five federal crimes after the FBI identified him as the prime suspect in the investigation into explosive devices mailed to the homes of former President Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton and other targets last week. He has not been charged with terrorism.

In a new court filing, government prosecutors argue that Sayoc should be detained pending trial “due to both his dangerousness to the community and risk of flight,” saying he engaged in a “terror campaign.”

They also wrote that Sayoc has been linked to devices mailed to billionaire and major democratic donor Tom Steyer and CNN since his arrest, suggesting that the FBI’s ongoing investigation had already turned up other potential victims and could reveal additional explosive devices. The letter references evidence seized from Sayoc’s electronic devices indicating he began plotting the attacks as far back as July 2018.

“The defendant conducted a domestic terrorist attack targeting at least 15 victims with improvised explosive devices (‘IEDS’) that he sent to locations throughout the country in padded mailing envelopes,” U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote in a letter to Judge Edwin Torres on Tuesday.



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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:36 pm

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Trump admin will apparently not renew program to fight domestic terror

The Trump administration had already canceled a grant for a group that fights white supremacist terror.


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration, which already canceled a grant for a group that fights white supremacist terror, now appears unwilling to renew the anti-domestic terror program under which it was funded, despite recent high-profile attacks like the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and data showing a spike in attacks on religious minorities.

The Obama administration launched the Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program in 2016 to fight domestic terrorism. Managed by the Department of Homeland Security, the program was given $10 million to distribute.

In the last days of the Obama administration, DHS awarded the money to more than two dozen groups around the country to counter violent extremism of all kinds, including right-wing extremism. Data from the Global Terrorism Database shows there was a spike in attacks on American religious organizations in 2016-17.

The money paid for the development of new approaches to prevent terrorism before it begins. Programs that develop training materials for law enforcement, mental health counselors and schools to better identify warning signs of extremism so that terrorism can be averted were designated to receive funds. ...

The only group that specifically fought white supremacist ideology, the Chicago-based Life After Hate, was among those excluded from funding. The group had been slated to receive $400,000.



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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:49 pm

Daily Beast
EXCLUSIVE 'Homeland Security' Ignores White Terror, DHS Veterans Say

As far-right terror attacks mount, DHS is concentrating on a migrant caravan 1000+ miles away—and some FBI veterans say the bureau isn't taking white supremacy seriously enough.


On Tuesday, just days after a white supremacist gunned down 11 people at a synagogue and just a week after a terrorist mailed more than a dozen bombs to critics of the president, the Department of Homeland Security—created after 9/11 to protect the United States from terrorism—had a conference call. Attendees were on the department’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, a group of more than two dozen former government officials and insiders who help guide the Department on its thorniest challenges.

The topic: a group of Central American migrants slowly wending their way through Mexico in hopes of seeking asylum in the United States. Some participants were flummoxed: In the face of the most lethal anti-semitic terror attack in American history, was DHS really focused, exclusively, on migrants?

“In the world of homeland security, the common practice is to focus on those threats that present the greatest risk,” said John Cohen, a Rutgers professor and former senior official in the Department of Homeland Security focused on counterterror. “So it’s disconcerting that in a call with national law enforcement and homeland security experts, the focus would be on the caravan versus the increasing number of mass casualty attacks the country’s experiencing, including by white extremists.”

It underscored a weakness at the center of U.S. national security. As the country reels from the latest spate of white supremacist murder, nine law-enforcement veterans say that combating violent white supremacy simply isn’t a top focus for the federal agencies mandated to protect Americans from terrorism.



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Post by Addie » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:02 pm

Slate - William Saletan
Radical Right-Wing Terrorism

The president blames incendiary rhetoric when a killer is Muslim. But not when the terrorist is racist or white.


Last year, after a neo-Nazi killed a protester during a racist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump defended white people who had rallied with the racists. Critics complained that the president was going easy on racism, but he replied that liberals and the media were soft on Islam. “They have a double standard,” said Trump. He claimed that in the past, when Muslims had committed terrorism, “Barack Obama never said it took place because of radical Islamic terrorists.”

Trump was wrong about Obama: The former president did speak out against terrorists who murdered in the name of Islam. But Trump does have a double standard. When Muslims commit terrorism, Trump blames incendiary rhetoric. When whites commit terrorism, such as last week’s attempted pipe bombings and the mass murder at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Trump condemns the killers but excuses the ideologues who inspire them.

When Trump ran for president, he denounced the “extremism” that drove jihadis to violence. “Containing the spread of radical Islam must be a major foreign policy goal,” he declared in April 2016. The “struggle against radical Islam,” Trump warned, was “a philosophical struggle, like our long struggle in the Cold War.” ...

Trump shows no such concern, however, about white extremism. In fact, he promotes it. On June 16, 2015, Trump launched his presidential campaign with a smear against Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” The next day, a white racist murdered nine black worshippers in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The killer didn’t cite Trump, but he did say he was alarmed by black-on-white crime—a concern that Trump, using bogus statistics, has raised repeatedly on Twitter.

Clinton warned that “inflammatory” rhetoric like Trump’s could “trigger” unstable people to commit hate crimes like the one in Charleston. But Trump dismissed that suggestion. He called the tragedy in Charleston “incomprehensible.” And his campaign, in a statement, rejected Clinton’s attempt to blame “words for violence.”



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Post by Addie » Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:14 pm

CNN
FBI arrests man for allegedly showing undercover agents how to make a bomb

(CNN) The FBI has arrested an Arizona man for demonstrating how to build a bomb and teaching others how to do so, according to recently unsealed court filings.

Ahmad Suhad Ahmad of Tucson, Arizona, faces one count of distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction for showing FBI associates in Nevada how to build a bomb to be detonated in Mexico, according to the filing.

Ahmad is scheduled for a detention and preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Friday before Magistrate Judge Eric Markovich in US District Court of Arizona, according to the docket. ...

Ahmad traveled with the original FBI source and two undercover FBI agents to build the bomb in Las Vegas as planned, court documents state.

The group went to a Las Vegas condominium where, authorities say, Ahmad built a bomb over the course of several hours. He then walked one of the undercover FBI agents through making a second bomb and how they worked, according to the criminal complaint.



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Post by neeneko » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:03 pm

Addie wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:14 pm
CNN
FBI arrests man for allegedly showing undercover agents how to make a bomb

(CNN) The FBI has arrested an Arizona man for demonstrating how to build a bomb and teaching others how to do so, according to recently unsealed court filings.

Ahmad Suhad Ahmad of Tucson, Arizona, faces one count of distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction for showing FBI associates in Nevada how to build a bomb to be detonated in Mexico, according to the filing.

Ahmad is scheduled for a detention and preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. Friday before Magistrate Judge Eric Markovich in US District Court of Arizona, according to the docket. ...

Ahmad traveled with the original FBI source and two undercover FBI agents to build the bomb in Las Vegas as planned, court documents state.

The group went to a Las Vegas condominium where, authorities say, Ahmad built a bomb over the course of several hours. He then walked one of the undercover FBI agents through making a second bomb and how they worked, according to the criminal complaint.
ok... am I the only one a bit surprised (and disturbed) that this is illegal? Commiting a crime with a bomb, supplying a bomb that a crime is committed with, those I can see, but conveying information on how to construct one? That I am less ok with.



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Post by Azastan » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:11 pm

neeneko wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:03 pm


ok... am I the only one a bit surprised (and disturbed) that this is illegal? Commiting a crime with a bomb, supplying a bomb that a crime is committed with, those I can see, but conveying information on how to construct one? That I am less ok with.
This is of course not the actual wording of the law, but this was on the ATF website:

"Under federal explosives law it is illegal to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives without a license; to improperly store explosives; to sell or distribute explosives to any person who does not hold an ATF license or permit."



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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:39 pm

Azastan wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:11 pm
neeneko wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:03 pm


ok... am I the only one a bit surprised (and disturbed) that this is illegal? Commiting a crime with a bomb, supplying a bomb that a crime is committed with, those I can see, but conveying information on how to construct one? That I am less ok with.
This is of course not the actual wording of the law, but this was on the ATF website:

"Under federal explosives law it is illegal to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives without a license; to improperly store explosives; to sell or distribute explosives to any person who does not hold an ATF license or permit."
Do farmers hold a ATF license to blow up tree strunks stumps?


ETA to correct a German linguism from creeping into my English (creepy - a Haloween hangover ;) )



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Post by neeneko » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:33 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:39 pm
Do farmers hold a ATF license to blow up tree strunks?
This actually came up in a thread on another site in a story about a woman who found old sticks of dynamite in her basement during a blackout and thought they were candles. Apparently today, yep, farmers are supposed to have a license to buy dynamite to blow out stumps, though since they go through it so slowly many are just going through boxes they bought decades ago.



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Post by neeneko » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:35 pm

Azastan wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:11 pm
"Under federal explosives law it is illegal to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives without a license; to improperly store explosives; to sell or distribute explosives to any person who does not hold an ATF license or permit."
Hrm. Yeah, that final 'distribute' would probably do it, though I imagine a well paid lawyer could argue that the intent was to deal with commercial operations, not individuals teaching each other. If the guy was not being paid or hired to transfer the skills, it sounds pretty iffy.



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Post by Dan1100 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:54 pm

RTH10260 wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:39 pm
Azastan wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:11 pm
neeneko wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:03 pm


ok... am I the only one a bit surprised (and disturbed) that this is illegal? Commiting a crime with a bomb, supplying a bomb that a crime is committed with, those I can see, but conveying information on how to construct one? That I am less ok with.
This is of course not the actual wording of the law, but this was on the ATF website:

"Under federal explosives law it is illegal to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives without a license; to improperly store explosives; to sell or distribute explosives to any person who does not hold an ATF license or permit."
Do farmers hold a ATF license to blow up tree strunks?
They are supposed to. I just found out recently that they reclassified "shell crackers"* so that you need an ATF license for those too.

https://www.wildlifecontrolsupplies.com ... 12gSC.html

*Shell crackers are shotgun shells that shoot a big fire cracker. They are used to scare away birds from farms and airports, especially those big flocks starlings.


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Post by Azastan » Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:11 pm

neeneko wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:35 pm
Azastan wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:11 pm
"Under federal explosives law it is illegal to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives without a license; to improperly store explosives; to sell or distribute explosives to any person who does not hold an ATF license or permit."
Hrm. Yeah, that final 'distribute' would probably do it, though I imagine a well paid lawyer could argue that the intent was to deal with commercial operations, not individuals teaching each other. If the guy was not being paid or hired to transfer the skills, it sounds pretty iffy.
Enjoy!

https://www.atf.gov/explosives/docs/pub ... 7/download



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Post by neeneko » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:17 am

Do you ever get the impression that the people who write regulations have WAY too much time on their hands?f.. or that there is some secret bureaucrat futures market that people are dabbling in?



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The Conversation
Far-right extremists have killed close to 500 people in the US since 1990 — and 10% were targeted based on religion ...

Since 2006, the U.S. Extremist Crime Database has been a reliable source of information on extreme far-right homicides. We and other terrorism researchers have used this database to understand the nature of violent and non-violent extremist crimes in the U.S.

From 1990 to the present, far-right extremists have committed 217 ideologically motivated homicides. Of these homicides, 19 targeted religious institutions or individuals thought to be associated with a particular religion. Eleven were motivated by anti-Semitism, specifically.

More than three-quarters of these homicides had only one victim; however, many events had multiple fatalities. Due to this, the total number of ideological homicide victims was 490, including the 168 murdered in the Oklahoma City bombing. Of those victims, more than 50 were murdered because the offender targeted an institution or individual based on religious affiliation, real or perceived.



Although religious minorities are murdered less frequently than racial and other social minorities, an increasing number of lethal attacks by extreme far-rightists have drawn more attention to this form of violence.

Including the 11 killed at the Tree of Life synagogue, other examples of attacks at religious institutions include the murder of seven at a Baptist church in Texas in 1999; two killed at a Unitarian church in Tennessee in 2008; six killed at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in 2012; and nine killed at an African Methodist Episcopal church in South Carolina in 2015. Such attacks lead us to question whether violent extreme far-rightists may be increasing their focus on religious targets.




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Post by Addie » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:25 pm

New York Times Mag
U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.

For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy has ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism. In the atmosphere of willful indifference, a virulent movement has grown and metastasized. ...


There were no current intelligence reports he could find on the alt-right, the sometimes-violent fringe movement that embraces white nationalism and a range of racist positions. The state police couldn’t offer much insight. Things were equally bleak at the federal level. Whatever the F.B.I. knew (which wasn’t a lot, Stout suspected), they weren’t sharing. The Department of Homeland Security, which produced regular intelligence and threat assessments for local law enforcement, had only scant material on white supremacists, all of it vague and ultimately not much help. Local politicians, including the governor, were also in the dark. This is like a Bermuda Triangle of intelligence, Stout thought, incredulous. He reached out to their state partners. “So you’re telling us that there’s nothing? No names we can plug into the automatic license-plate readers? No players with a propensity for violence? No one you have in the system? Nothing?’’ ...

White supremacists and other far-right extremists have killed far more people since Sept. 11, 2001, than any other category of domestic extremist. The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism has reported that 71 percent of the extremist-related fatalities in the United States between 2008 and 2017 were committed by members of the far right or white-supremacist movements. Islamic extremists were responsible for just 26 percent. Data compiled by the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database shows that the number of terror-related incidents has more than tripled in the United States since 2013, and the number of those killed has quadrupled. In 2017, there were 65 incidents totaling 95 deaths. In a recent analysis of the data by the news site Quartz, roughly 60 percent of those incidents were driven by racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, antigovernment or other right-wing ideologies. Left-wing ideologies, like radical environmentalism, were responsible for 11 attacks. Muslim extremists committed just seven attacks.

These statistics belie the strident rhetoric around “foreign-born” terrorists that the Trump administration has used to drive its anti-immigration agenda. They also raise questions about the United States’ counterterrorism strategy, which for nearly two decades has been focused almost exclusively on American and foreign-born jihadists, overshadowing right-wing extremism as a legitimate national-security threat. According to a recent report by the nonpartisan Stimson Center, between 2002 and 2017, the United States spent $2.8 trillion — 16 percent of the overall federal budget — on counterterrorism. Terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists killed 100 people in the United States during that time. Between 2008 and 2017, domestic extremists killed 387 in the United States, according to the 2018 Anti-Defamation League report.

“We’re actually seeing all the same phenomena of what was happening with groups like ISIS, same tactics, but no one talks about it because it’s far-right extremism,” says the national-security strategist P. W. Singer, a senior fellow at the New America think tank. During the first year of the Trump administration, Singer and several other analysts met with a group of senior administration officials about building a counterterrorism strategy that encompassed a wider range of threats. “They only wanted to talk about Muslim extremism,” he says. But even before the Trump administration, he says, “we willingly turned the other way on white supremacy because there were real political costs to talking about white supremacy.”



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The New Yorker
Sunday Reading: Extremism in America

American politics has been changing. It’s grown more welcoming to views that, only a few years ago, would have remained on the fringes. This week, we’re bringing you pieces about the rise of extremism in our country—its origins, its consequences—and how it might be resisted. In a dispatch from 2016, Alexis Okeowo looks at the rise in hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump; writing in 2017, James Carroll examines how the history of anti-Semitism converges with our present political climate. In “The French Origins of ‘You Will Not Replace Us,’ ” Thomas Chatterton Williams uncovers the source of a white-nationalist rallying cry, and, in “The Fearful and the Frustrated,” Evan Osnos maps the coalition of racist and nativist groups that rallied around Trump. In “Birth of a White Supremacist,” Andrew Marantz explains how one man, who started out as a “leftist contrarian,” ended up becoming an alt-right celebrity. Finally, in “How Norms Change,” Maria Konnikova explores the psychology of shifting values and how those shifts can be reversed. We’re in an alarming national moment. These pieces can help us understand it.
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The Guardian: As recent US atrocities show, the internet is enabling far-right conspiracies and attacks
Law & Crime: Law Enforcement Experts: Right-Wing Extremists Should Be Treated Like ISIS



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