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CNN's National Security Analyst: 'U.S. Right Wing Extremists More Deadly Than Jihadists


"Flawed division in the public's mind between killing that is purportedly committed in the name of Allah and killing that is committed for other political ends..."

Peter Bergen (Photo: CNN)

Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, and David Sterman, a research assistant at the New America Foundation, published an opinion piece on CNN Monday with the title: "U.S. right wing extremists more deadly than jihadists."

It asserts: "Since 9/11 extremists affiliated with a variety of far-right wing ideologies, including white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and anti-government militants, have killed more people in the United States than have extremists motivated by al Qaeda's ideology. According to a count by the New America Foundation, right wing extremists have killed 34 people in the United States for political reasons since 9/11. (The total includes the latest shootings in Kansas, which are being classified as a hate crime)."

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