He DID Make It Up!

To the Editor:

To the Editor Gordon Spencer (LTE, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, May 4, 2021) criticized a Caledonian-Record writer who wrote that “domestic terrorism” has reached a dangerous level in our country. Gordon wrote that the writer “was either anxious, frustrated, angry, and obviously confused.” According to Gordon, “There isn’t a problem with right-wing extremists.” Our Government Agencies disagree with Gordon, who, by the way, failed to support his opinion with a single fact.

On May 15, 2021 the US Attorney General and the Homeland Security Secretary testified on Capitol Hill that “White supremacy is the greatest domestic terrorism threat facing the United States.”

At a Senate Judiciary hearing on March 2, 2021, Senator Patrick Leahy asked FBI Director Christopher Wray if he stood by his testimony that white supremacist extremism is the dominant and most persistent force of domestic terrorism threats today. Wray responded: “I would certainly say, as I think I’ve said consistently in the past, that racially motivated violent extremism specifically of the sort that advocates for the superiority of the white race is a persistent evolving threat.” “It’s the biggest chunk of our racially motivated violent extremism cases for sure and racially motivated violent extremism is the biggest chunk of our domestic terrorism portfolio.”

In its Homeland Threat Assessment released in October 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concluded that “racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists—specifically white supremacist extremists—will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation similarly argued (October 22, 2020) that the “top threat we face from domestic violent extremists” is from racially and ethnically-motivated violent extremists, including white supremacists.

You can believe Gordon, who did not bother to offer an iota of evidence to support what he wrote, or you can believe the Attorney General of the United States, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, all of whom have expertise in this area and actually know what they’re talking about.

Marion Mohri

Lyndonville, Vt.

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