White supremacists connecting, recruiting through digital platforms
Added 09-18-19 10:22:02pm EST - “White supremacist terrorism has become an international threat as nationalists in America and Europe are connecting online to push their hateful ideology a group of experts said Wednesday in testimony before two congressional panels.” - Washingtontimes.com
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White supremacist terrorism has become an international threat as nationalists in America and Europe are connecting online to push their hateful ideology a group of experts said Wednesday in testimony before two congressional panels.
“The greater threat is how the tentacles of white American nationalism have extended far beyond our borders and into a deep network of global terror,” said Christian Picciolini, founder of the Free Radicals Project, a group that combats white extremist groups.
The joint hearing between the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs committees comes amid an increase in domestic terror attacks largely fueled by racial or religious animosity. Recent high-profile attacks include a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, last month that left 22 people dead and the 2018 murder of 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Authorities have linked both shooting suspects to manifestos expressing bigoted and hateful ideas.
Lawmakers from both parties have begun to seriously discuss legislation that would expand the government’s authority to tackle the growing threat from white nationalists. But the panel of experts warned white nationalism is not just a threat in the United States.
One expert, Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of American University’s International Training and Education program, told the panel that 50 deaths around the world have been linked to white supremacist attacks. Another witness, Sharon Nazarian, senior vice president of international affairs for the Anti-Defamation League, estimated more than 175 people died worldwide because of white nationalism violence.
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