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Obama DOJ studying right-wing social media for groups for ‘violent extremism’
Obama Orders DOJ to Monitor Social Media of Right Wing Extremists
President Barack Obama has yet to acknowledge ‘Islamic extremism.’
But his administration has identified 72 types of Americans as potential
You, by virtue of you reading this article on this website, could fit their profile.
Their list has been growing since Obama assumed office.
Police officers in Missouri were instructed to target Christians,
pro-lifers, Ron Paul-ians, pro-gun activists as possible terrorist
targets in 2009.
The new Obama administration put out a warning to monitor ‘disgruntled veterans,’ also in 2009.
The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific
information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning
acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits
by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic
downturn and the election of the first African American president
present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.
The Department of Justice is studying groups, especially those
utilizing social media, on the far right for potential extremism. The
Free Beacon reports:
The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a
new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.
The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded
Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by
Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.
“There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and
computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter,
in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and
radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The
proposed study will address this gap through a series of qualitative and
quantitative analyses of posts from various forms of CMC used by
members of both the far-right and Islamic extremist movements.”
The study draws more upon right-wing forums than upon the corners of the web inhabited by Islamist extremists.
“We will collect posts made in four active forums used by members of
the far-right and three from the Islamic Extremist community, as well as
posts made in Facebook, LiveJournal, Twitter, YouTube, and Pastebin
accounts used by members of each movement,” the grant said.
“The findings will be used to document both the prevalence and
variation in the ideological content of posts from members of each
movement,” the grant continued. “In addition, we will assess the value
of these messages in the social status of the individual posting the
message and the function of radical messages in the larger on-line
identity of participants in extremist communities generally.”