The crisis prevention institute at Southern California’s Southern Career Institute has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a “domestic terror network” and one that has taken root in the Southern California region.
Its members have been accused of terror attacks, including one against the federal building in downtown Los Angeles in November 2016, the center said.
The institute is named after Southern California University’s southern campus, which was named for the region’s former governor, former US President Ronald Reagan.
The center said the institute was set up by a group of “domestically radicalized and alienated” students from across the region, many of whom have been working at the institute for years.
According to the Southern Civilian Review, the Southern Career Center has an annual budget of $8.4 million, but has received $3.4m in grants since its inception in 2015.
The Southern Career Initiative has claimed responsibility for numerous recent terror attacks including a shooting attack on the National Guard barracks in San Diego, California, in October 2018.
In June, the institute claimed responsibility in a video for an assault on the US Capitol in Washington DC, which left four people dead.
The group’s leader, who has not been identified, is believed to have been in the US as recently as October 2018, and has since been living in New York.
The attack was carried out by an unnamed individual who called himself “Shooter”.
The Southern Civilians Review said the attack, which killed a number of people and injured others, showed that the group was not only a threat to the security of the United States, but also to the lives of US citizens.
The shooting also left the institute’s president, who was not hurt, in critical condition, the organisation said.
“The Southern Career Network is a domestic terror network that is spreading fear and division across the country,” the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) said in a statement on Friday.
“It is spreading hatred, bigotry and xenophobia through its operations and its publications, and it is promoting the false belief that Americans are not safe.
This organization and its leaders are spreading hate.”
SCHR also criticised the Southern College Republicans (SCR) for supporting the institute and its members, calling it “a hate group”.
The organisation’s leaders are “anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ, anti-” and “anti-” Muslims, and anti-” the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), SCHR said.
SCR is a leader in the “white supremacist” movement and its president, Michael Black, is the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention.
SBCA is the parent organisation of the Border Patrol. “
SCR has been identified as a terrorist organisation by the SPLC and the Southern Police Chiefs Association (SBCA) as well as the Southern Border Patrol, the National Border Patrol Council, the US Marshals Service, the FBI and the FBI counter-terrorism task force,” the group said.
SBCA is the parent organisation of the Border Patrol.
The organisation has long been linked to extremist groups and the violent neo-Nazi movement, which the SPLC says is responsible for at least 50 murders, bombings, kidnappings and other acts of violence in the country.
The SPLC also said that the Southern Crisis Prevention Institute has ties to a group known as the California Antifa and has claimed credit for a shooting in which an anti-fascist protester was shot and killed by anti-fascists.
The SCCC and the California Emergency Task Force (CEFT) both released statements condemning the organisation.
“CEFT strongly condemns the shooting of a white nationalist by antifascist counter-protesters on November 11 in the heart of the city of San Francisco,” they said.
On Thursday, a man who police identified as the leader of the group, who is believed in the FBI’s most-wanted list, was arrested in New Mexico and charged with murder, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
In the US, the group has said that its aim is to spread “social justice”.
It said that it had previously targeted churches and government offices in the southern US and had targeted a synagogue and an American Legion hall in New Jersey.
“We are working with the police to prosecute and bring to justice the person responsible for this act of terror,” said SPLC spokesman Ryan Mauro.
“These attacks are just the tip of the iceberg of what they are planning.
It’s clear that there is a domino effect.”