Right-wing extremists face new scrutiny

“I am more concerned with the threat from the Christian-identity groups than the homegrown Islamic terrorists,” said Maria Haberfeld, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “It’s a disaster waiting to happen. The fact that this guy did what he did may be symptomatic of things to come.”…

Ken Piernick, a retired FBI agent who worked on terrorism cases, said recent acts of violence by right-wing extremists, such as the killing of abortion doctor George Tiller, comes after a years-long lull in similar cases, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

“I would expect based on their sentiments that [President] Obama’s election would probably contribute to a bit of that,” he said. “These people are not rational; they don’t think of the consequences of what they do. They’re not particularly smart people.”