Obama Says Real Threat to U.S. National Security is ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ and Not ISIS or Radical Islam

Obama Says Real Threat to U.S. National Security is ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ and Not ISIS or Radical Islam

During his three day summit on Countering Violent Extremism, Obama continued to reject the notion that the West is at war with radical Islam.

Instead, Obama said the greatest threat to America is its own citizens, or as Obama likes to refer to them as right-wing extremists.

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A new intelligence assessment circulated by the Department of Homeland Security, focuses on the domestic terror threat from ‘right-wing sovereign citizen extremists,’ and comes as the Obama administration holds a White House conference to focus efforts to fight violent extremism.

Some federal and local law enforcement agencies view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to, and in some cases greater than the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that have been plaguing the United States in recent months. ​

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DHS has documented examples of violence by sovereign citizen extremists since 2010 and they range from incidents that occurred in the home and at traffic stops to attacks on government buildings.

The Homeland Security report, produced in coordination with the FBI, counts 24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010. Somehow these 24 attacks are viewed as a greater danger to the USA than the terrorist attacks plaguing not only the United States, but countries around the world. 

CNN reported that the report adds that “law enforcement officers will remain the primary target of (sovereign citizen) violence over the next year due to their role in physically enforcing laws and regulations.”

The White House has fended off criticism in recent days for its reluctance to say the words “Islamist extremism,” even as the conference this week almost entirely focused on helping imams and community groups to counteract the lure of groups like ISIS.

Absent from the White House conference is any focus on the domestic terror threat posed by sovereign citizens, militias and other anti-government terrorists that have carried out multiple attacks in recent years.

The Homeland Security report’s focus on right-wing terrorists is a subject that garnered political controversy for the Obama administration in the past. In 2009, a Homeland Security report on possible recruitment of military veterans by right-wing militia groups prompted an outcry from veterans groups.

The White House continues to fend off criticism for its reluctance to say the words “Islamist extremism,” even as the conference this week was almost entirely focused on helping imams and community groups to counteract the lure of groups like ISIS.

Absent from the White House conference is any focus on the domestic terror threat posed by sovereign citizens, militias and other anti-government terrorists that have carried out multiple attacks in recent years.

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