Right-wing extremist terrorism more dangerous than al Qaeda?
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August 7th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Right-wing extremist terrorism more dangerous than al Qaeda?

Right-wing extremist individuals over the past decade in the United States were as likely to use violence as a means to express their political or social beliefs as those motivated by Osama bin Laden's ideology, writes CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen and his colleague at New America Foundation, Jennifer Rowland.

In the analysis on CNN's Opinion page, Bergen and Rowland say that in the last decade, right-wing and left-wing extremist groups and individuals have been far more likely to acquire toxins and to assemble the makings of radiological weapons than al Qaeda sympathizers.


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  1. Alexander Argentina

    ALEPPO, (PRESS TV) – Syrian special forces have targeted insurgents in several neighborhoods in the country's largest city of Aleppo as their military campaign termed 'Operation Target Traitor' continues to cleanse the city of armed terror networks, Press TV reports.

    While armed clashes were underway in the Seif Eldawla, Hanano, Hamdaniyeh, and Al Bab neighborhoods, the majority of the city remained relatively calm and Syrian army units acknowledge entering the west quadrant of the al-Sakhour area located in Aleppo where they arrested between 200 and 250 insurgents, an estimated 70 of whom are believed to be foreigners.

    The Syrian government says this confirms that chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and there are unconfirmed reports that a large number of armed insurgents who were killed during intense street to street battles have been identified as foreign nationals.

    Meanwhile, several Syrian armed gangs attacked a traffic police station in central Aleppo on Tuesday and opened fire on Syrian police forces, which led to casualties on both sides.

    August 8, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
  2. quarkk

    They just want a reason to spy on our own citizens.....to keep us "safe"........

    August 8, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
  3. ABM

    Wow, if you are a "reporter', you can throw out any kind of hate you want. If we severely limit speech to just what we want to hear, then it isn't Free speech – it is allowed speech. You must take the good with the bad.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  4. Quigley

    Is right-wing extremist terrorism more dangerous that that of Al Qaeda? Of course it is as this country is currently being run by right-wing fanatics in Washington!!! On the other hand, Al Qaeda was never as powerful as the right-wing news media made it out to be!

    August 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  5. SoundFuture

    Well it's unfortunately turned into a self fulfilling prophecy. This topic surfaced well before the most well known events occurred, and rather than thinking about it we just kept barreling forward without a look back at how we effect it. We're forgetting the left wing extremists in this example just as an FYI. I flash back to the 2006 Congressional Budget Office report saying there would be mass rioting by 2050 as our government runs up the bill and the people pay for it. It's just something that's going to become more pronounced and more common place as time goes on if we don't try and at least think about what we're doing. We've got to get our act together or its only going to get worse.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  6. rat pt 01

    Anytime you allow hateful speech to go unfettered it gives the impression that actions are allowed. If it is illegal to yell fire in a crowded theater they if should be wrong to sling hateful messages around. The longer we tolerate such things the more likely tragedies will occur.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply

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