SCARY

Are Right-Wing Extremists Back?

Echoes of 1995: The Department of Homeland Security warns in a new report of a resurgence of right-wing extremist groups fueled by the recession and the election of the nation’s first black president. Their targets? Returning veterans who have “combat skills and experience” and might feel isolated as they have a hard time reintegrating into society amid a job-destroying recession. Homeland Security is also worried about people who are stockpiling weapons in anticipation of stricter gun control laws. The groups are using Obama’s election as a rallying cry, using distorting propaganda to recruit angry members, the report warns. It’s all a chilling reminder of the early 1990s, when a recession and a perceived drop in global prominence caused a spate of right-wing extremist violence that culminated in the Oklahoma City bombings.