In 2008, the election of the country's first Black president sparked a resurgence in the far right. At the time, the country’s counter-terrorism focus was almost exclusively on Al Qaeda. But in 2009, a Department of Homeland Security analyst wrote a report warning that right-wing extremists were organizing and targeting military veterans for recruitment. The report became a political scandal.
Presented in partnership with Retro Report. Extremism in America is a part of Exploring Hate, a PBS content initiative from The WNET Group about the roots and rise of hate in America and across the globe.