The Groups and the Loners
The Southern Poverty Law Center (hate group watch dog) counted 1,007 active hate groups in the United States in 2012. HATE GROUPS – IS ANYONE SAFE? Only organizations and their chapters known to be active during 2012 are included.
All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics
The number of Patriot groups, including armed militias, has grown 813 percent since of the Obama was elected – from 149 in 2008 to 1,360 in 2012.
The NRA (National Riflemen’s Association) has added fuel by suggesting that Obama plans to dissolve the Second Amendment (The Right to Bear Arms). In fact, Obama and others have been trying to remove assault weapons that are used by the military and take them out of the arsenal of citizens.
Lone Wolf Fighters:
They act alone outside of any command and without assistance economically, politically or socially. When the crime(s) have been committed, it is hard for law enforcement agencies to track them down.
Lone Wolves and other hate groups can be prosecuted by the U.S terror-law called FISA which covers violent and non-violent acts. Lone Wolves can be reprimanded on the mere basis of suspicion (reasonable belief) and not actual charges. Probable cause is not required. This law defines the seriousness of Lone Wolf behaviour.
The name “Lone Wolf” was coined by white supremacists, Alex Curtis and Tom Metzger in the 1990s. The Christian Science Monitor has named Lone Wolves to be the second greatest threat to America after the major terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre.
Notable lone wolves were the Oklahoma City bomber and the Washington area sniper John Allen Muhammad. Abortion clinic bombings have been lone wolf individuals.
The Boston Marathon bombings in May, 2013 seem to have been the work of two brothers, lone wolves, who were inspired by Al-Qaeda activist Samir Khan. Khan writing in the publication, “Inspire” advocated individual terrorist actions against Americans.
The Middle East and Europe: Lone wolves are often suicide bombers who blow themselves up and take others with them. Tragedy hit Norway on July 22, 2011 when Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in two consecutive attacks. First, he killed eight apeople with a heavy car-bomb and then attacked a summer youth camp. Recently, on May 22, 2013 in London, a British soldier was hacked to death by an extremist.
There are too many other lone wolf incidents to mention.
The United States: The most notorious lone wolf was Timothy McVeigh who killed 168 people and injured hundred with a truck bomb. He did conspire with another to mix the deadly fertilizer under the threat by McVeigh that he and his family would be harmed.
Other incidents by Lone Wolves – (just a selected few)
-mail bombings by the “unibomber”
-solo gunman opens fire from observation deck of Empire State Building
-Jewish daycare centre attacked (5 injured)
-two killed in 2002 at El Al (Israeli Airlines) ticket stand
-Several Jewish museums’ staff killed by lone killers
Hatred seems to be the unifying factor in Lone Wolf crimes. Many are hatred crimes connected to race or sexual orientation. An incredible number are based on ‘flawed’ religious scriptures that claim a God that seeks vengeance against a certain group and they claim to be the willing lone wolf to carry out God’s message. How they can interpret this “hateful and vengeful God” is beyond my comprehension as all religions claim that God is Love.