Violent extremism is a growing threat in the United States. The threat emanates from extremist belief systems that represent a broad range of religious, political and social causes. In particular, several factors contribute to the recent rise in violent antigovernment extremism in the U.S., including the economic recession, divisive political and social issues, shifting demographics in America and some policy changes endorsed by the new Presidential administration that are seen as controversial.
Extremism is perpetuated through the words and actions of individuals, groups and movements—it transcends peaceful, law-abiding and constitutionally protected activity and includes threatening, criminal and violent actions. Some forms of extremism are successfully portrayed as acceptable, normal or even mainstream behavior. It can be deceptive and seductive. Adherents of extremism may also attempt to downplay and distance themselves from any negative stereotypes. Don’t be fooled. Take action. Counter the extremist message and refute it.

A 2006 study from the Terrorism Research Center at Fulbright College reported that about one-half of domestic terrorists resided, planned, and prepared for terrorism relatively close to their eventual target. Another one-fourth lived and planned their acts a distance of several hundred miles from the terrorist target. This study sampled over 200 domestic terrorism incidents within the U.S. between 1980—2002 time frame. The study revealed that 52% of leftwing terrorists in the U.S. operated within 15 miles of their target. In contrast, 52% of domestic rightwing terrorists operated within 105 miles of the target.

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