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NCJ Number: 193191 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Terrorism: The Enemy Within
Journal: Current History  Dated:April 2000  Pages:169-173
Author(s): Dennis B. Downey
Date Published: April 2000
Page Count: 5
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the increasing volatility and visibility of contemporary American terrorists.
Abstract: The article claims that political violence, popular insurrection against the government, racism, and xenophobia have a long history in the United States. However, the convergence of antigovernment patriots and neo-Nazi white supremacists is "the most disturbing development in American politics." These contemporary American terrorists, sworn to the overthrow of the government and a campaign of racial elimination, brandish a rhetoric of victimization and distrust. Technologically sophisticated and sometimes well financed, they preach a style of cultural politics directed at alienated white youth. The article briefly describes the lives and terrorist careers of individuals such as Timothy McVeigh, Randy Weaver, and Matthew Hale, and the activities of organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan, the White Aryan Resistance, and the neo-Nazi World Church of the Creator. There is no evidence that extremist groups advocating insurrection and racial or ethnic cleansing are not sincere in their convictions. The article concludes that, if past is prologue in the history of American violence, more acts of isolated and organized terrorism can be expected. Note
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Cults; Domestic terrorism; Fascism; Hate Crimes; Racially motivated violence; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorist ideologies; Terrorist tactics; White supremacists
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