Doug Bedell — February 22, 2021, 8:50 pm

For 2020: An Advisory on Extremism in the U.S.


Fewer deaths but more terrorist plots and attacks in 2020 (through November anyway): that was the nature of extremism in the United States for the year, the Homeland Security Digital Library advises.

Based on information from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), “there was a significant decrease in deaths by domestic extremists, with 2020 having the lowest number of yearly deaths since 2004. While that may come as welcoming news, the ADL warns that extremists were still as active as ever, noting that there were ’16 right-wing extremist-related terrorist plots/attacks in 2020 (through November), an increase from the 13 documented in 2019.’” (This, of course, was before the attacks in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021.)

“The report provides some details on each case noted in the above statistics, along with other cases that were speculated to be in connection to extremist groups, but were either determined not to be domestic terrorism, were inconclusive, or are still under investigation.”

The Homeland Security Digital Library is one of the places to take a security reading on our times.

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