Some Consultants See ‘New Period of Violent Extremism’

Consultants say the lethal riot on the Capitol marks the beginning of a brand new period of violent extremism and may function a wakeup name to those that have ignored the warnings. “It’s a completely new ballgame,” stated Devin Burghart of the Institute for Analysis and Training on Human Rights, which has tracked far-right exercise for many years. “What was on show Wednesday in lots of respects is the start of a brand new motion, not the tip of an outdated one.”  He stated the nation’s response will decide whether or not the motion takes maintain. “Left unchecked, this newly forming motion may change into one thing far worse than any we’ve ever seen,” he says. Final week’s occasions “may look tame in comparison with what we may expertise within the close to future.”

Watchdog teams have been warning that violence may escalate earlier than the November election and past. Burghart’s group has tracked a pointy enhance in paramilitary teams. Violence directed at authorities buildings has been on the rise. Among the many most up-to-date incidents occurred in Salem, Or., when Proud Boys, Three Percenters and militia activists invaded the state capitol. Burghart’s group documented 45 “Cease the Steal” rallies that passed off in 32 states on the day of the U.S. Capitol invasion. Brian Levin of the Heart for the Examine of Hate and Extremism at California State College-San Bernardino stated, “We had this locomotive practice of ideology and subcultures, a few of which had been actually totally different — however all of them had been taking a look at issues like a purge, a storm, a Civil Struggle.” Former Homeland Safety Secretary Jeh Johnson stated two pictures “that had been probably the most surprising to me [were] the hangman’s noose on the western entrance of the Capitol … in addition to folks brandishing Accomplice flags within the U.S. Capitol. We fought a complete Civil Struggle to stop precisely that from occurring.”