The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which is responsible for this spurious study, in 2018 warned that the US would never defeat jihadis without giving them vast amounts of money and political power
“‘Escalating’ far-right violence in U.S. to pose greatest terrorist threat: experts,” by David Lao, Global News, June 27, 2020:
Far-right extremism is by far the most common ideology behind terrorist incidents in the United States, according to a new analysis
In a report released last week, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) analyzed 25 years of domestic terrorism incidents, finding that “right-wing attacks and plots account for the majority of all terrorist incidents in the United States since 1994,” outpacing terrorist acts by all other sources such as “far-left networks and individuals inspired by the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.”
Furthermore, the report found that occurrences of these right-wing attacks have since grown significantly in the past six years, with far-right extremists perpetrating two-thirds of attacks and plots in 2019, and 90 per cent of all incidents between Jan. 1 and May 8 in 2020.
“One of the most concerning is the 2020 U.S. presidential election, before and after which extremists may resort to violence, depending on the outcome of the election,” the report stated….
A new study from London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue also found over 6,600 right-wing extremist channels, pages and accounts on social media linked to Canadians. Researchers there said that over 11 million users were reached around the globe via social media platforms from Facebook to Twitter, as well as on fringe social media sites like Gab.
“Canada has a well-established online ecosystem of right-wing extremists who are advancing hatred towards minority groups, who are targeting people who are ultimately trying to make Canada a more divided place,” said Jacob Davey, the lead author on the ISD study.
The findings have since helped identify the part those platforms play in proliferating hate speech and extreme ideologies online, as well as how right-wing extremism in Canada mobilizes or recruits new members.
The U.S. does not yet have a domestic terrorism law place, preventing domestic extremist groups from being designated as terrorist organizations.
The debate on implementing such a law has raised criticism from several sides of the political spectrum regarding how it could be enforced, as well as on the implications it might have on the nation’s First Amendment law — the right to free speech.
“All parts of U.S. society have an important role to play in countering terrorism. Politicians need to encourage greater civility and refrain from incendiary language. Social media companies need to continue sustained efforts to fight hatred and terrorism on their platforms,” reads the closing section of the CSIS report.
“But the struggle will only get more difficult as the United States approaches the November 2020 presidential election — and even in its aftermath. Finally, the U.S. population needs to be more alert to disinformation, double-check their sources of information, and curb incendiary language.”