ARCHIVAL (10-21-21):PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN: Domestic terrorism from white supremacists is the most lethal terrorist threat in the homeland.
MARK POTOK (SENIOR FELLOW, CENTRE FOR ANALYSIS OF THE RADICAL RIGHT): Why is the radical right growing? Why are these ideas resurging in such a dramatic way?
ARCHIVAL (CHARLOTTESVILLE MARCH, 2017):DEMONSTRATORS: You will not replace us!
PETE SIMI (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY; AUTHOR, AMERICAN SWASTIKA): Weve been unwilling to really grapple with our history. We have to understand where this problem has been in the past and whats kept us from addressing it.
DARYL JOHNSON (FORMER SENIOR ANALYST, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY): These groups have incubated unchallenged by the federal government.
MARK POTOK: People who are willing to carry out mass murders are the products of a movement that has been growing for 40 or 50 years. They see themselves as heroes, as defenders of the race.
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EXTREMISM IN AMERICA
OAK CREEK, WISCONSIN
AUG. 5, 2012
ARCHIVAL (911 PHONE CALL)OPERATOR: Milwaukee County 911.OPERATOR: Yes, Milwaukee Sheriff.CALLER: Some guy is shooting their gun at some temple or something.[Gunshots]CALLER: There is shooting!CALLER: My god, theyre shooting!OPERATOR: Did anybody get hit? [Gunshots]OPERATOR: Hello? [Gunshots] [Dial Tone]
PARDEEP KALEKA: I get a call from my mother. And shes whispering, Im in the closet. Were safe. Try to call your dad, see if hes all right. And then Im asking her questions. Im like, is the person still shooting? Can you hear the shots? Can you, whats going on? And she didnt, she kind of hangs up and says, I cant talk. I dont want to, I dont want to give away our hiding spot.
ARCHIVAL (POLICE RADIO)POLICE OFFICER: Hes a balding male with glasses. May have gone inside with a gun and there were shots fired.
PARDEEP KALEKA: Shortly after that, I get a phone call from my fathers phone, expecting to hear my fathers voice. What I hear is another priest inside, who picked up the phone and say, Hey, we need help. People are bleeding.
[Sirens] [Police Radio Chatter] [Gunshots]
BRIAN MURPHY (FORMER LIEUTENANT, OAK CREEK POLICE DEPARTMENT): I realize Im going to be the first one there. I enter the lot, and it looked like there was one person down. Checked on him. It was obvious he was dead. This guy was shooting everybody. He comes out of the temple and I could see a gun. He raises it up, I raise mine, and we shoot from about 40 yards away. I missed and his shot hit me right in the face.
ARCHIVAL (POLICE RADIO)POLICE OFFICER: We have one officer shot.
BRIAN MURPHY: And in the end, I take 15 shots. [Gunshots] My backup, Sam Lenda, came. [Shouting] Sam shot him, he went down and in less than a minute killed himself.
ARCHIVAL (8-7-12):NEWS REPORT: Police focused their investigation on this man, Wade Michael Page.
ARCHIVAL (8-6-12):NEWS REPORT: A military vet believed to be a white supremacist.
PARDEEP KALEKA (POINTING TO A WALL OF PHOTOS): These are all the pictures of everyone who lost their lives. My father had been shot five times from close range and didnt make it. Seven people altogether died. This became the deadliest hate crime committed at a place of worship by an affiliated white supremacist in nearly 50 years.
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SENATOR DICK DURBIN (DEMOCRAT, ILLINOIS): We held the first hearing on this terrible, violent attack. Weve got to bring these issues before the public. They have to see them in real terms.
ARCHIVAL (C-SPAN, 9-19-12):DICK DURBIN: Since 9/11, Congress has held dozens of briefings on the threat posed by Al Qaeda and its affiliates. This is the first hearing in many years on the threat of violent domestic extremism.
DARYL JOHNSON: I was asked if I would testify before Congress about the domestic extremist threat. My message was this threat is real and it is growing.
ARCHIVAL (C-SPAN, 9-19-12):DARYL JOHNSON: Our failure to act now will assuredly embolden the enemy and bring more attacks.
DARYL JOHNSON: The disheartening thing was Dick Durbin, for the first 20 to 30 minutes, was the lone senator attending. No Republicans attended.
ARCHIVAL (C-SPAN, 9-19-12):DICK DURBIN: Sadly, the shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin was not an isolated incident. More than 6,6000
DICK DURBIN: I dont think people took it as seriously as they should have. Its spreading. And thats something we didnt want to hear.
JAVED ALI (FORMER SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR COUNTERTERRORISM, NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL): The overwhelming majority of the counterterrorism focus then was still on the international terrorism side, in part because of the scale and scope of the threats. From there, things really started to change in terms of this uptick in lethal attacks in the United States.
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ARCHIVAL (CBS, THIS MORNING, 6-18-15):NORAH ODONNELL: The nation is waking up to news of a senseless act of violence in Charleston, South Carolina.
ARCHIVAL (6-17-15):NEWS REPORT: One of the deadliest attacks against a Black church in U.S. history.
ARCHIVAL (6-18-15):DYLANN ROOF: Somebody had to do something because Black people are killing white people every day on the streets.
ARCHIVAL (CNN, 6-19-15):NEWS REPORT: Dylann Roof charged with nine counts of murder. He is not charged with domestic terrorism.
JAVED ALI: Even though there was this horrific attack, no one was calling it domestic terrorism.
ARCHIVAL (MSNBC, 6-22-15):NEWS REPORT: F.B.I. Director James Comey says that he does not believe that Dylann Roofs actions were terrorism, because of how it is defined under the law.
JAVED ALI: These types of incidents werent just run-of-the-mill crimes.
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ARCHIVAL (FOX NEWS, 10-27-18):NEWS REPORT: It happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue.
ARCHIVAL (ABC, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 10-29-18):NEWS REPORT: Bowers hurled words of hate against Jews as he murdered them.
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ARCHIVAL (ABC NEWS, 8-4-19):DAVID MUIR: Here in El Paso tonight, a gunman showing up at a Walmart.
ARCHIVAL (CBS, 8-6-19):NEWS REPORT: Police say a racist manifesto criticized a growing Hispanic population.
ARCHIVAL (8-3-19):ANCHOR: He thinks white people are being replaced by immigrants.
MARK POTOK: The idea that whites are under threat is probably the single most important thing driving the really dramatic expansion of the radical right. Among some, its the Jews who are trying to replace us white people. Uh, other places, it is Black people who are trying to replace us white people.
Wade Page had a tattoo of the 14 Words. We must ensure an existence for white people and a future for white children, a slogan that was coined by a principal member of The Order, part of the hit team that murdered the Jewish talk show host Alan Berg in 1984. And this has become an incredibly central slogan, for the radical right in the United States. Wade Michael Page, Dylann Roof are the products of a movement that has been growing for 40 or 50 years.
JAVED ALI: Potentially we could have gotten ahead of some of these threats. Or at least called them something else. That would have given a different context to the threat and perhaps led to different decisions about what to do. But we didnt and were left with the situation were in now.
BRIAN MURPHY: Theres still lingering effects on, on not only me, my family. Like, this can happen anywhere. This can happen to anyone. This can happen at any time.
PARDEEP KALEKA: Theres not a day that goes by that I dont think about what happened that day, not a single day.
(POINTING TO BULLET HOLES): So this is the first shot.
If the shooter had been a Muslim, if the shooter had been brown and if the communities inside were white, if they were Christian, if they were part of the mainstream of what we deem as valuable, would it have been different? And I think that ten years later I still struggle with, is our pain enough? Since the shooting on August 5th, weve worked in the extremism prevention field for now almost ten years. We know that the biggest threats is the homegrown terrorist, and what is happening right now is that we do not have the infrastructure laid to actually address that. Theres lots of Wade Michael Pages out there, so we better start understanding the dynamic.