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on the fifty years in prison well the typical homegrown extremist baited a maximum of twenty years , one big reason for the divide prosecutors can easily bring terrorism charges that carry hefty prison sentences when the going after defendants were found to be supporting foreign groups like al Qaeda or Islamic state domestic groups like the Ku Klux Klan by contrast are protected by the first amendment guarantees of free speech and freedom of association , the prosecutors tenderloin firearms and conspiracy charges that carry shorter sentences when going after anti government prospect , the justice department there that doesn't discriminate on the basis of race or religion but several experts we talked to say this disparity in sentencing is a sign that there is in fact a double standard and it's true that domestic extremists convened Chesterton lethal as international terrorists think back to the nineteen ninety five Oklahoma City bombing that killed a hundred and sixty eight people that was perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh a former soldier with ties to the militia movement and remains to this day the second most lethal attack on U. S. soil