Attorney General says ‘White supremacist groups pose a rising US threat’

“White supremacist groups pose rising U.S. threat, Garland says” by Mark Hosenball of Reuters is a title that jumped off my browser feed yesterday. Attorney General Merrick Garland said made this comment and he would know based on his past experience prosecuting people.

Here are a few excerpts from the article a link to which is below.

“Domestic violent extremist groups, particularly white supremacists, pose a growing threat to the United States, Attorney General Merrick Garland told a Senate panel on Wednesday.

‘The threat of lethality is higher than it ever was … I have not seen a more dangerous threat to democracy than the invasion of the U.S. Capitol’ by rioters on Jan. 6, said Garland, who as a prosecutor led the investigation into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.

Garland noted the FBI recently said that the top domestic violent extremist threat facing the United States is from ‘racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocate for the superiority of the white race.’

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told the committee that racially or ethnically motivated extremists are ‘most likely to conduct mass-casualty attacks against civilians,’ while people tied to right-wing militia groups are the most likely to target police and government employees and buildings.

I am not going to add anything more to these cautions. They speak for themselves and should give us all pause. We must not condone violence in any way to promote any cause. Full stop.

White supremacist groups pose rising U.S. threat, Garland says (msn.com)

17 thoughts on “Attorney General says ‘White supremacist groups pose a rising US threat’

    • Excellent point. Of course, as I mentioned to Jill, the remaining Republicans have their belt sander out to sand away any culpability for the seditious former president.

      • Roger, when the followers show they also think truth doesn’t matter, they will make up any story to defend the deceitful and seditious actions of the former president. Check out the wonderful resignation letter by a Republican voter I just posted after it appeared in the LA Times. Keith

      • I found it Keith, and replied.
        As a sort of PS:
        In my youth, and not so-much youth from my far away political stance I could, nevertheless, still perceive as the bulk of the Republican Party as a Right of Centre solid sort of grouping. Remember the Bush jnr/ Neo-Con era? Condoleezza Rice was being pressured by some influential folk in the GOP to run ‘On The Ticket’- Imagine that now?
        They have betrayed the Nation, betrayed the people as a whole and become the party of a minority, which we must hope will shrink.
        I am so sorry for the USA.

      • Me too. Governing off lies does not make for good actions. I was noting today how nice it was to see doctors speaking of COVID-19 issues rather than person known for lying.

  1. And yet, this week congressional Republicans have been busily trying to downplay the attacks on Congress on January 6th, calling the attackers “patriots” and saying it was no big deal. I wonder if, had Mike Pence or Nancy Pelosi been killed, as was the intention of at least some of the attackers, the Republicans would still be saying it was all in great fun?

    • Jill, the remnants of what was the Republican Party has their big belt sander out to sand away the truth from recent history. As Kevin McCarthy said yesterday, no one doubts the results of the 2020 election. Really, Kevin? Over 70% of Republicans think Donald Trump won, because Donald Trump said he did. So, McCarthy does not have a big enough belt sander for the belief in the Big Lie. Now, the message is Trump sent the rioters to peacefully protest on the Capitol. I heard that from an aide for one of the more extreme Republican congressman. The aide also told me the GOP was in very good shape now that Cheney was removed. Keith

      • I completely lost respect for McCarthy when he flip-flopped before, and here he is doing it again. If he believes that nobody questions the election results, then why did he push so hard to oust Cheney for calling the lie? The whole party needs to be burned to the ground and see what they can do from the ashes that remain. Did you laugh aloud when the aide told you that? I would have likely choked on my laughter. The GOP is in such good shape that some 150 past party notables are forming either an arm to the GOP or a competing party … I’m unclear which. The GOP is in such good shape that they have to lie, cheat, and steal in order to win an election! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

      • Jill, we must not forget that McCarthy was all set to take over after John Boehner resigned as Speaker, before Paul Ryan got the job. Why did he not get it? McCarthy went on talk show and said the only reason the Benghazi hearings kept going on was to keep Hillary Clinton from winning the White House. Speaking this truth, cost him his chance and they drafted Ryan to take the position, which he did not want.

        Right now, one of the former president’s attack dogs is taking issue with what McCarthy said about no one questioning the outcome. WE all know over 70% of Republicans believe the former president won, so McCarthy’s math is sorely lacking. As for the aide who said the former president asked for peaceful protest and did not incite a riot, I mentioned that is an insult to my intelligence. Of course, he had a hand in it. He invited and incited the insurrection. And, seven people are dead. Keith

      • Ahhhhhh … I had actually forgotten about that!!! And he hasn’t gotten any smarter since then! Seven dead and hundreds wounded. I saw an interview between Don Lemon and one of the Capitol Police who was seriously injured on that day, and it brought tears to my eyes. For ANYONE to say it was just like any other group of tourists is insane! Delusional!

      • Jill, so the injured officer is evidence that supporting the police only means when it does not harm the GOP efforts. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: Setting aside the cruelty and denigration associated with white supremacy, it is inane from an economic construct. America has benefitted greatly from its diversity, so to deny rights and opportunities to non-whites would take away access to intellectual capital and devalue our economic might. People who think only whites contribute to our success are well-off base.

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