Left-Wing Extremism

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LEFT-WING EXTREMISM: The Current Threat

Prepared for U.S. Department of Energy Office of Safeguards and Security Washington, DC

Prepared by Karl A. Seger, Ph.D. Center for Human Reliability Studies Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Oak Ridge, TN April 2001

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TABLE OF CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .............................................................................................ii I. LEFTIST EXTREMISM IS ALIVE AND WELL....................................................... 1 TERROR NETWORK U.S.A. ..................................................................................... 1 EXTREMISM ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT .............................................................. 3 THE THREAT............................................................................................................. 5 II. LEFTIST MOVEMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES.............................................. 7 THE CUBAN CONNECTION .................................................................................... 7 LEFTIST AGENDAS IN THE UNITED STATES ...................................................... 9 Provisional Party of Communists.............................................................................. 9 Stream of Knowledge ............................................................................................. 11 SEDITION?............................................................................................................... 12 III. THE THREAT TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ................................................. 14 ESPIONAGE............................................................................................................. 14 TERRORIST THREATS ........................................................................................... 15 ROLE OF THE PERSONNEL SECURITY PROGRAM........................................... 16 IV. THE INTERNATIONAL



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