Helping Track Domestic Terrorism

Thursday, November 6th 2008, 8:56 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- With terrorism threats facing the U.S. every day, one Oklahoma professor is working on a web site to help the Feds keep track of extremists in the U.S.

Professor Julie Cowgill at Oklahoma City University says electing a bi-racial man for President is creating unrest among certain groups in America. Now she's working to help prevent Barack Obama from becoming a target once again.

Professor Cowgill has spent her career researching hate groups in America. The last few years she's been organizing an online database, tracking extremists and their operations from 1995 to 2000.

Working side-by-side with the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, her goal is to get information back online for the public to access.

"People are already encouraging people to take action against him, so I think it's completely likely that future events against him will take place," said Julie Cowgill, OCU Professor.

When finished, the database will be called "The Extremism Collection."

It's expected to be up and running by January and it'll be linked to the Prevention of Terrorism web site.