FBI Focuses On ‘Lone Wolf’ Political Attackers


Federal authorities have launched an effort to detect lone attackers who may be contemplating politically charged assaults similar to the recent murders of a Kansas abortion doctor and a Holocaust museum security guard, reports USA Today. The effort, known as the “Lone Wolf Initiative,” was started shortly after President Obama’s inauguration, in part because of a rising level of hate speech and surging gun sales.

Agents from all of the FBI’s 56 field offices have been dispatched on a range of assignments, said two U.S. law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about details of the program. Among the duties: reviewing records in domestic terrorism investigations that may point to more suspects; analyzing records for suspicious purchases at fertilizer or chemical suppliers whose materials could be used in bombmaking, and checking rolls of prisoners scheduled for release or who have been recently released for past links to extremist groups.

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