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White Supremacy and Far-Right Extremism

Right-wing extremism and hate crimes in the United States are on the rise. The number of terrorist attacks which are rooted in the far-right extremism have risen over the last decade, making it one of the biggest social issues in the US causing a lot of violence. Law enforcement and prosecutors need better tools to fight back.

In the end of January this year, a United States Coast Guard Officer was arrested by federal agents in Maryland. The reason behind the arrest was that he had conspired to murder a long list of Democratic members of the Congress, prominent TV journalists as well as professors, judges and what he called “leftists in general”. It may indicate that the officer, Christopher Hasson, is inspired by the Norwegian right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who in 2011 murdered 77 innocent people at Utøya. According to researchers, Hasson had stockpiles of firearms and ammunition, and had explored areas around Washington ahead of his planned attack. Fortunately, FBI apprehended him before he got to perform his actions.

This frightening occurrence is just one of many reminders that white supremacy and far-right extremism are among the biggest domestic threats and social issues in the country. The threat from right-wing terrorism in the United States appears to be rising. From 2016 to 2017, there was a quadrupling of such attacks in the United States. Unfortunately, the police have been slow to react the last years. This is partly due to the limited number of funds allocated to prosecuting authorities. However, there are possible measures to limit these hateful crimes. First of all, US federal and local departments need to change some of their focus to reduce far-right networks and prevent future attacks. (mer om hva som kan bli gjort)

Violent left-wing groups as well as extremists inspired by the Islamic State do also constitute a threat, but they are far from as large and armed as the right-winged networks.