The next time you hear a liberal pompously declare there are far more right-wing terrorist attacks than left-wing, you can point them to this study.
Brand Johnson is a former CIA officer and counterintelligence expert who, writing for Military News, recently shared that the Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS) appears to be covering up terror attacks perpetrated by Islamists, black nationalists, and left-wing radicals while enhancing the impression that white right-wing violence is more prevalent than it actually is.
“There is much debate these days about the level of violence taking place in American streets. It was an important topic in the first presidential debate and President Trump was asked about right-wing violence a number of times,” he begins.
“So, what is the source for the claims that right-wing violence is such a big problem and threat? As it turns out, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with other federal funding sources, pay for TEVUS Database and Portal, a 2009 Obama administration initiative.”
In 2020, DHS director Chad Wolf expressed his concern about “white supremacist violent extremists who have been exceptionally lethal in their abhorrent, targeted attacks in recent years.”
However, his data came from what Johnson describes as a “deeply political product with little information based on accurate analysis,” according to an exhaustive 2-year study from the Americans for Intelligence Reform’s Christopher Hull PhD examining the accuracy of the TEVUS reports used by DHS.
TEVUS is a compilation of four open-source terror and extremism-related databases:
The American Terrorism Study, led by researchers at the Terrorism Research Center at the University of Arkansas
The Global Terrorism Database, led by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism housed at the University of Maryland
The US Extremist Crime Database, compiled by researchers located at Michigan State University, John Jay College, Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, and Seattle University.
Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism in the US.
TEVUS simply excludes acts if they were perpetrated by non-whites and even flat-out lies about the ethnicity of those committing the acts.
In one blatant example, the Arab 9/11 hijackers were categorized by TEVUS as being “White/Caucasian non-Hispanic,” meaning that the system attributes the death of every individual killed in the worst terror attack in human history to whites, rather than Islamists.
Meanwhile of the 39 court cases categorized by the TEVUS as right-wing, only one of these cases appears to involve actual alleged terrorism.
“TEVUS systematically covers up the violence associated with black nationalist groups such as Black Lives Matter (BLM), even though BLM activists and supporters have allegedly killed at least 11 police officers and wounded nine since 2014 — none of that information is included. TEVUS also systematically excludes left-wing violence and does not contain a single reference to ANTIFA, for example, a group that is routinely violent and openly promotes violence,” Johnson also explained.
“This is a serious issue well beyond the political back and forth. Since DHS uses TEVUS information and concludes that right-wing violence is a serious problem, they allocate resources and personnel from FBI, DHS, and other agencies to combat those threats. This absorbs massive levels of resources when they could be allocated against groups who are genuinely destroying property and hurting people. When it comes to saving lives and property, we should all be above politics,” he adds.