The SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center] says law enforcement and the intelligence community have been focused since the September 11th attacks on international terrorism. The recent violence is a stark reminder of homegrown threats. In the 1990s, agents brought right wing militias under control by strong enforcement of weapons laws, getting members on low level offenses before they could commit major acts. The latest incident may signal the need for a new crackdown. Predicting and tracking the moves of the lonewolf shooter, however, might prove to be more of a challenge.
What do you think about that? Do you think these incidents should be considered "home grown terrorism?" Do these so-called "lone wolf" shooters count as terrorists? How about guys like McVeigh?
Is it true that in the 1990s "agents brought right wing militias under control?" Wasn't it in the 90s that we had those big cases like Waco and Ruby Ridge? I thought they were considered failures for the feds? What's your opinion?
Do you think there's anything to the idea that as a country we've been concentrating on the external threat and not paying enough attention to the domestic scene?
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