There is a May 10, 2017 FBI/ DHS report warning about future threats that exist to Americans by White Supremacists groups which far exceeds any potential harm by foreign terrorists attacks that the republican President Donald Trump’s administration seems to focus all of its attention. Here is the report obtained and released by Foreign Policy.
Towards this end, funds have been cut for government law enforcement agencies to fight against the very real anticipated threats by White Supremacists groups.
After all, what do facts have anything to do with the president’s creation of policy. What does count is catering to the racists, White Supremacists, neo-Nazis, Islamophobic zealots that comprise a significant portion of the president’s voting base.
Here are facts about how likely “we the people” are vulnerable to attacks by domestic terrorists versus foreign perpetrators…
On January 31, 2017, Dave Mosher and Skye Gould of the Business Insider penned the following report, “How likely are foreign terrorists to kill Americans? The odds may surprise you'”
Since 9/11, however, foreign-born terrorists have killed roughly one American per year. Six Americans have died per year at the hands, guns, and bombs of Islamic terrorists (foreign and domestic).
“I once asked a guy at [the National Institutes of Health] how much we should spend on preventing a disease that kills 6 per year, and he looked at me like I was crazy,” John Mueller, a foreign policy expert at the Ohio State University and co-author of the book “Chasing Ghosts: The Policing of Terrorism“, told Business Insider in an email.
Here’s how the lifetime odds of the most common — and feared — causes of death for Americans stack up against foreign killings (highlighted in red):
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Americans are more likely to win a lottery jackpot
“The chart above doesn’t account for an American person’s specific behaviors, age, sex, location, or other factors that can wildly change up the results — it’s one big, fat average of the US population.”
“The data primarily come from a 2016 report by the National Safety Council and the National Center for Health Statistics’ final 2013 report on causes of death in the US, which was released in February 2016 (and is the most current).”
“To include the Cato Institute’s terrorism data — which doesn’t include terrorism in other countries where Americans were victims — plus natural-disaster data shared by Tulane University, we calculated the lifetime odds of death by applying 2013 life expectancy and population in the US. Our analysis also assumes each cause of death won’t change drastically in the near future. (A quick look at mortality data from other years suggests the magnitudes and rankings are relatively consistent.)”
“Compared to the threat posed by refugee terrorists — which the president’s executive order is allegedly designed to curtail — the data suggest the typical American is:”
- 6 times more likely to die from a shark attack (one of the rarest forms of death on Earth)
- 29 times more likely to die from a regional asteroid strike
- 260 times more likely to be struck and killed by lightning
- 4,700 times more likely to die in an airplane or spaceship accident
- 129,000 times more likely to die in a gun assault
- 407,000 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle incident
- 6.9 million times more likely to die from cancer or heart disease
“Put another way, as frightening and disturbing as events like 9/11 are, an American’s unfathomably remote chances of winning the Powerball lottery jackpot are many times greater than those of being killed by a refugee terrorist on any given year — and even higher compared to the odds of being killed by an illegal immigrant terrorist.”
On August 14, 2017, Jana Winter of FP penned the following report, “FBI and DHS Warned of Growing Threat From White Supremacists Months Ago.”
“Trump doesn’t want to call out white supremacists. The FBI already did.”
“The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security in May warned that white supremacist groups had already carried out more attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years and were likely to carry out more attacks over the next year, according to an intelligence bulletin obtained by Foreign Policy.”
“Even as President Donald Trump continues to resist calling out white supremacists for violence, federal law enforcement has made clear that it sees these types of domestic extremists as a severe threat. The report, dated May 10, (2017) says the FBI and DHS believe that members of the white supremacist movement “likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year.”
“James Alex Fields Jr., the driver of the vehicle that struck Heyer, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.”
“Since the outbreak of violence over the weekend, President Trump has been heavily criticized for not condemning racist groups. “We must remember this truth: No matter our color, creed, religion or political party, we are ALL AMERICANS FIRST,” he tweeted.”
“The FBI, on the other hand, has already concluded that white supremacists, including neo-Nazi supporters and members of the Ku Klux Klan, are in fact responsible for the lion’s share of violent attacks among domestic extremist groups. White supremacists “were responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016 … more than any other domestic extremist movement,” reads the joint intelligence bulletin.”
“The report, titled “White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat of Lethal Violence,” was prepared by the FBI and DHS.”
“The bulletin’s numbers appear to correspond with outside estimates. An independent database compiled by the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute found that between 2008 and 2016, far-right plots and attacks outnumbered Islamist incidents by almost 2 to 1.”
“The cases cited in the intelligence report include an 18-year-old Chinese student in Nashville, Indiana, who was attacked by a white supremacist with a hatchet; the murder of an African-American man in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and the stabbing of Klansman in East Yanceyville, North Carolina, by other KKK members, who believed the victim was Jewish and secretly working for law enforcement.”
“An FBI spokesperson said it was bureau policy not to comment on specific intelligence products but added that as “part of the continuous dialogue with our law enforcement partners, the FBI routinely shares information about potential threats to better enable law enforcement to protect the communities they serve.”
“DHS provided a general statement on recent events. “DHS personnel have been in contact with Virginia state and local law enforcement to offer any assistance necessary to deal with [Saturday’s] horrible violent incident in Charlottesville,” wrote a DHS spokesperson.”