Militia ideology has gone unchallenged for too long, Michigan AG tells congressional panel

Militia ideology has gone unchallenged for too long, Michigan AG tells congressional panel

In this file photo, a member of the Lenawee County Volunteer Militia member practices shooting with his AR-15 at the firing range during the Michigan Militia training at Island Lake Recreation Area in Brighton, Mich. on March 6, 2010. Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com AnnArbor.com AnnArbor.com Michigan’s top law enforcement official told a congressional panel examining a rise in right-wing extremism that her state has long been considered “ground zero” for anti-government militia groups. Attorney General Dana Nessel asked for more federal resources to address domestic terror threats in a statement submitted to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on Wednesday. Nessel noted that Congress looked at this issue in the past — particularly after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 — but “failed to follow that examination with concrete measured steps to abate a clear and present danger.” Instead, Nessel expressed concern that lawmakers have failed to challenge the key beliefs of paramilitary groups. She called domestic terrorism a bipartisan issue. “ Legitimizing militias, combined with the toxic partisan rhetoric of today and fed by misinformation and disinformation, has led to a marked rise in militia extremism,” Nessel said. “It has helped to create a climate that nurtures and fosters the deep sense of grievance that extremists hold, which often manifests in violence.” Wednesdays’ congressional hearing was focused on white nationalists and violent extremist groups like the Oath Keepers, who allegedly planned an attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. It also included […]

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