4:30 ET: David Niewert discusses the current fear-mongering on the right and the connection to the home-grown terrorism of the 90s. From tea parties to gun paranoia, the far right is being energized and whipped up by Glenn Beck, Fox News, Newt Gingrich and assorted other characters. White supremacist groups are in the mix too. The Department of Homeland Security produced a report last week warning of right-wing extremism and potential violence:
Right-wing extremists in the United States are gaining new recruits by exploiting fears about the economy and the election of the first black U.S. president, the Department of Homeland Security warned in a report to law enforcement officials.
The April 7 report, which Reuters and other news media obtained on Tuesday, said such fears were driving a resurgence in "recruitment and radicalization activity" by white supremacist groups, antigovernment extremists and militia movements.
David Neiwert is a journalist and author who has covered right-wing extremist and white supremacist groups for years and will join me to talk about what's going on.