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Hate Crime and the Far Right: Unconventional Terrorism (From Political Crime in Contemporary America: A Critical Approach, P 121-169, 1993, Kenneth D Tunnell, ed. -- See NCJ- 151279)

NCJ Number
W C Mullins
Date Published
49 pages
Hate crimes are examined with respect to the government's response, the nature and methods of hate organizations, and the recruitment of youth by these organizations.
United States citizens and law enforcement agencies perceive terrorism as a problem only for other countries and not for the United States. However, terrorism in the United States takes a different form than it does elsewhere. Outside the United States, terrorists are primarily left wing and engage in high-profile activities. Conversely, terrorists in the United States tend to be right-wing and base their political ideology on racial or religious supremacy. They engage in many forms and types of low visibility terrorism: hate crime. Major groups include the Aryan Nations; the Christian Defense League; the Christian Patriots Defense League; the Covenant, the Sword, and the Arm of the Lord; the Ku Klux Klan; the National Socialist Liberation Front; and National Socialist Party of America/American Nazi Party; the New Order/National Socialist White People's Party; the Order; Posse Comitatus; and Skinheads. Hate crime will undoubtedly become a more serious problem in the coming decade. The far right could become stronger and better unified, actively recruit youth into its movement, and provide training. It may also increase its use of modern technology to unify, recruit, and spread its message of hate. However, efforts have been made to address it, including the Hate Crime Statistics Act of 1991. Figures, tables, and 63 references