- Brian Levin: Anti-government sentiment not new in U.S., but a fresh era of fear and distrust has brought violent extremists in from fringe
- He says making political folk heroes from destructive extremists with toxic underlying philosophy undermines the country and U.S. safety
Criminologist and attorney Brian Levin is a professor of criminal justice and director of the nonpartisan Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)The re-imprisonment scheduled for Monday of two rural Oregon ranchers on arson charges was the catalyst, but not the cause of the armed takeover of federal property by anti-government protestors that began on Saturday.