Justice Department Studying ‘Far-Right’ Social Media Use

by Elizabeth Harrington | The Washington Free Beacon  |  published on June 1, 2015

The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism.

The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.

“There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series of qualitative and quantitative analyses of posts from various forms of CMC used by members of both the far-right and Islamic extremist movements.”

  • cool breeze

    sounds to me like our government believes that we the people are the enemy

  • Upward Trend

    An the Far Left extremists? The more disruptive George Soros. The far left is very violent.

  • John VanderKelen

    The Justice Department gives over one half million dollars as a grant to Michigan State so that school can inform the Justice Department on how best to protect America. Wow! That is mind boggling in how inept at least some of those entrusted with national security have become.

    • ItsJo

      Correct!

    • The redhawk

      They could get MORE for their Money From PUTIN as Consultation fees…
      But after TSA, DOJ, IRS, EPA are we To wonder Why the Incompetent in Charge at the TOP only Hires Incompetents to run these Bureaus???
      Is he Afraid to look BAD if they ever Manage to do THINGS RIGHT???
      TSA needs to FIRE about 2/3 of the Staff starting at the TOP..

  • The redhawk

    I wonder IF Media Matters, and SOROS sponsored PROGRESSIVE Socilaist Entities will EVER be Investigated…along with the NEW Acorn, Sharpton paying of THUGS to Rob, Pillage and BURN…. SEIU Illegal activities around “ELECTION” time… Just wondering……if DOJ is really following the RULE of LAW or ONLY the OBAMA DOCTRINE of attack and Destroy anyone who “DARES” call him out for what he truly is…………..

    • “…if DOJ is really following the RULE of LAW or ONLY the OBAMA DOCTRINE of attack and Destroy…”

      I think you’re referring to the Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft playbook, co-authored by Karl Rove and published by Jim DeMint at the Heritage Foundation

      • The redhawk

        SLICK LITTLE WILLIE and JANET RENO.. but who is counting BODY Bags and Junk yard dogs Personal attacks eh??? SHIT HEAD… Read Cicero….. You really have WADDED Panties…

  • Luke

    Americans are the enemy of the socialist/marxist/communist in our government especially the WH and DOJ

  • Graywolf12

    Good thing the groups like new black panthers, and occupy are not violent nor advocate violence. Seems that I can not find any stories of violence and destruction by far right groups. The lies continue and the uninformed eat it up.

    • You didn’t look hard enough:

      Timothy McVeigh, Michael Griffin, Paul Hill, Eric Rudolph, John Slavi III, Bruce Turnidge, James Kopp, Scott Roeder, Martin Uphoff, Matt Goldsby+Jimmy Simmons+Kathy Simmons+Kaye Wiggins, David McMenemy, Jared Loughner…

      You can look up the names via Google. There are many others, but I think you get the idea.

      • ItsJo

        Perhaps You, could add “Terrorists Bill Ayres and Bernedette Dohrn” and Rev’s. Wright/Jackson/Sharpton AND Geroge Soros with all HIS groups to the list????

        • The redhawk

          THe MORON ignores the REAL and PRESENT danger..like the Professional Thugs and Shooters th get paid by Sharpton to LOOT, BURN, Maim whenever a THUG gets Shot by Cops…

        • Nice try, but I don’t think so. Not one of the people you mention was convicted of anything. My list? All convictions. And I was helping Graywolf remember some of the recent right wing terrorists, which he couldn’t quite seem to recall.

          • ItsJo

            You don’t know what you’re talking about. Bernadette Dohrn(married to Bill Ayres) DID spend time in prison for the killing of a police office when she and others bombed their police headquarters.

          • I Seigel

            Wow, you’re digging up names from 1969?!?!? The Weather Underground was a radical 60s group, mostly anti-Vietnam War. She was indicted along with a bunch of others on conspiracy charges. The charges were eventually dismissed. Get a grip. The list of names – and the topic discussed here – are RIGHT wing terrorists, not left wing, and mostly in the past 20 years or so, not 45 years ago.

          • ItsJo

            The Left Wing Terrorists is VERY timely as it has shown to be involved with Obama-but most of it is hidden as he lied to the American people about “knowing Ayres as a guy around the neighborhood’
            Bernadette Dohrn Did do time in prison, for her involvement in bombing the police dept. where one policeman died. YOU, need to get a Grip…as you are a Liberal Who still makes excuses for the Terrorists like Ayres & Dohrn.

          • I Seigel

            To be honest, I could give a flying f**k about Ayres and Dohrn and the Weather Underground. This is the 21st century. If you want to keep reliving the 1960s, knock yourself out. Drop some window pane and think happy thoughts.

          • ItsJo

            Show me WHO your pals are, and I’ll show you “like minded people who hang out together-read some “past facts, to denote the future Seigel.” OR, doesn’t ‘history matter to you?”

          • I Seigel

            Relevant history matters to me. Facts matter to me. Unproven allegations, conspiracy theories, and bloggers’ claims are not important to me.

            Like your earlier statement: “The Left Wing Terrorists is VERY timely as it has shown to be involved with Obama…” What FACTS link left wing terrorists to Obama, and why is that “timely”? And why, in 2015, should we care if a woman spent time in prison but was later exonerated?

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