U.S. seen as ‘exporter of white supremacist ideology,’ says counterterrorism official , the United States has pointed abroad at countries .
Who are exporters of extreme Islamist ideology,” “A large percentage of RMVE attackers in recent years have either displayed outreach to like-minded individuals or groups or referenced early attackers as sources of inspiration,” he said.
Travers cited as examples Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in two attacks in Norway in 2011; Dylann Roof, an American white supremacist who killed African-Americans in a church in Charleston, S.C., in 2015; and Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people in attacks on two mosques in New Zealand in March .
The three attackers “have gained international reverence and are serving as an inspiration” for many like-minded white supremacists, Having spent the years since the attacks of Sept. U.S. counterterrorism officials are playing catch-up when it comes to the burgeoning white supremacist threat,
“We don’t fully understand how attackers are influenced and or what constitutes meaningful relationships between extremists,” he said. Unlike “relatively large, hierarchical” Islamist groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State,
Acially motivated violent extremism “does not feature authoritative or structured organizations or a monolithic ideology,” he added. “Instead, it is dominated by lone actors and small cells who use the online space as a borderless safe haven.”
But there was one important lesson the U.S. officials learned in their fight against Islamist terrorism that they must bear in mind as they work to defeat white supremacism, according to Travers.“In the case of the Islamist terrorist threat, we lost some control of the narrative” by allowing ,
The idea to take among vulnerable Sunni populations “that the West is conducting a war against Islam,” he said. In dealing with racially motivated violent extremism, U.S.