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NCJ Number: 202122 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Extremism: Still a Potent Threat
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:70  Issue:8  Dated:August 2003  Pages:32-35
Author(s): Mark Pitcavage
Editor(s): Charles E. Higginbotham
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents an overview of recent extremist activity in the United States and the need for law enforcement to protect citizens from those from within, domestic extremists.
Abstract: With the threat of domestic terrorism not subsiding since the attack on September 11, 2001, it has become more important for State and local law enforcement agencies in the United States to ensure that members of extreme groups and movements do not get away with committing criminal acts. Since the early 1990's, the extreme right-wing in the United States has underwent a considerable resurgence. Two new movements were formed and are discussed in this article: (1) the militia movement and (2) white supremacists. The militia movement grew quickly in the mid-1990's, but steadily declined later in the decade with militia-related arrests continuing to occur. However, the white supremacists have not suffered significant declines and criminal activity has remained high. Even though the United States attempts to eradicate international terrorist groups, it cannot forget to protect its citizens from domestic extremists. This article provides an update on domestic extremism and a brief overview of extremist activities in the United States.
Main Term(s): Domestic terrorism
Index Term(s): Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Terrorist profiles; Terrorist tactics; Threat assessment; White supremacists
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