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DUANE PAUL MURPHY, San Clemente

Domestic right-wing to far-right extremism and terrorism is the greatest threat to our own local communities, society, and country since fascism in early 20th century Europe and foreign terrorism after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

After the horrific and vile acts and scenes of fascist mobs storming, terrorizing, and vandalizing inside and outside the entire federal U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, Pandora’s box of existing and furthering domestic right-wing to far-right extremism has opened up for the entire country and the world to witness.

All of these racist, xenophobic, nativist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ablest, White supremacist, White nationalist, and dangerous individuals and groups directly responsible for what happened in the halls of the federal Congress must be criminally charged and prosecuted for insurrection, disruption, and attempted terrorism, as well as property damages against our own national government.

Those individuals and organizations who commit and organize this type of despicable extremism nationwide—such as Rise Above Movement, a militant alt-right Southern California-based street-fighting group that physically trained at Marblehead Inland Park about two or so years ago near Marblehead Elementary School, and Samuel Woodward, a former member of the neo-Nazi terrorist group Atomwaffen Division, who is going to be on trial for the 2018 murder of a 19-year-old openly gay and Jewish teenager from South Orange County named Blaze Bernstein—must be charged and prosecuted criminally, as if they were Islamic extremist and fundamentalist armed militant terrorists such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Boko Haram, as well as any other violent or serious criminals.

We must not only legally take on these extremist and hateful groups that just recently caused chaos and destruction in the federal capital, but also legally take on any or all local anti-lockdown and anti-COVID organizations and individuals that have caused or are causing a massive public health crisis throughout our communities and county during the pandemic, because they often have noticeable associations or connections with hate groups.

All known forms of domestic right-wing to far-right extremism and terrorism must be defeated now.

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