As President Barack Obama continues to receive
criticism for his refusal to use the term “Islamic extremism,” some
federal authorities and law enforcement groups in the United States
assert that anti-government groups pose a bigger threat than ISIS.
The Department of Homeland Security circulated an
intelligence assessment earlier this month which focuses on right-wing
sovereign citizens and other domestic extremists.
“Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the
domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and
in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror
groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention,” reports CNN.
While hyping the threat posed by sovereign citizens, who
have been involved in sporadic violent confrontations mainly targeting
police officers over the last five years, the DHS has completely dismissed intelligence obtained by Judicial Watch that ISIS militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico could be planning attacks inside the United States.
A 2012 University of Maryland study
funded to the tune of $12 million dollars by the DHS characterized
Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and
“reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists
while glossing over the threat posed by Islamic extremism.
The Obama administration’s obsession with hyping the
threat of domestic extremism seems clearly geared towards demonizing
its ideological adversaries – libertarians and conservatives – while the
true threat posed by the Islamic State, whose members have repeatedly
threatened to attack the United States, continues to be sidelined.