. . . Violent extremism is not limited to any one ethnicity, political ideology or religion. In January, the West Point Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center reported that since 2001, violent white supremacists and other far-right groups have murdered 306 Americans and injured another 1,616. Since the events of September 11, individuals associated with or inspired by al-Qaeda or similar groups have committed 37 murders in the U.S., out of the 180,000 murders committed during that time. Moreover, since 1979 environmental and animal rights extremists have committed over 2,000 crimes and caused more than $110 million in damage. [...]
While this testimony primarily addresses countering al-Qaeda-inspired violent extremism, CAIR also recommends that the government address all forms of violent extremism, regardless of ideology, proportionally to the criminal threat posed by individual groups. In 2011, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) reported that the Department of Homeland Security only employs one “domestic terrorist” analyst tasked with tracking right-and-left- wing violent extremist.xiv Without a scaled awareness, appropriate to the threat posed by all forms of violent extremism, our national security will remain at risk.