White nationalists pose the biggest threat, says the Justice Department which may recommend passing the “domestic terror” law.
The U.S. government has released a national strategy to improve the analysis of domestic threats of “terror” more than five months after a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump assaulted the United States Capitol on January 6 in a test of insurrection.
The plan, unveiled Tuesday, includes increased intelligence sharing between law enforcement agencies, deterring “extremist threats” and preventing recruitment and mobilization by “extremist organizations,” in part by working with technology companies to remove content. line that could recruit or mobilize.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, head of the Justice Department, said during a press conference that “the national strategy recognizes that we cannot prevent any attack. The only way to find sustainable solutions is not just to disrupt and to deter, but also to address the root causes of violence … we can promise that we will do everything in our power to prevent such tragedy ”.
Attorney General Merrick Garland: “In the FBI’s view, the supreme domestic violent extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who supported the superiority of the white race.” https://t.co/qRTtxgFs8d pic.twitter.com/Bsp8VseFoM
– ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) June 15, 2021
Numerous reports by all intelligence agencies and law enforcement have found that domestic violence groups have posed an increased threat in 2021. Far-right and white nationalist groups are considered the most dangerous of these threats from the Department of Justice.
National “extremist threats” are a top priority for the Department of Justice. The agency’s balance sheet for the coming year functionality an additional $ 101m for the analysis and monitoring of such threats.
The strategy also aims to investigate those with extremist views in the U.S. government and military, with agencies developing new approaches to eradicating individuals who holds extreme views.
A surprising number of the riots, which gathered at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to hold a joint session of Congress to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory, were current and old. Police and military members.
The strategy aims to “ensure that law enforcement operates without prejudice in the fight against domestic terrorism and provides for the public safety of all Americans.”
Biden he said in a statement: “Domestic terrorism – driven by hatred, bigotry, and other forms of extremism – is a stain on the soul of America … It goes against everything ours does. country seeks and poses a direct challenge to our national security, democracy, and unity. ”
Discussion of the law
The plan comes in a debate over whether Congress should pass a “domestic terrorism»Law to increase law enforcement capabilities to track threats.
There is no current law, and some in law enforcement complain that the failure creates problems in the application and collection of information, even though there is no universally accepted definition of “domestic terror”.
The justice department is also considering whether the Biden administration should recommend such a law to be passed, according to the Associated Press news agency.
However, watchdog groups and experts say law enforcement already has enough tools at its disposal to effectively clean up national “extremist threats”.
A coalition of 151 rights groups has urged Congress in January to oppose the passage of any new “national terror” law.
The coalition, which includes Human Rights Watch, the Brennan Center for Justice and Amnesty International USA, said in a statement law enforcement agencies have “more than 50 terrorism-related statutes” that can be used “to investigate and prosecute criminal behaviors, including white supremacist violence, as well as dozens of other federal statutes related to felony crimes. hatred, organized crime, and violent crimes«.
Failure to address these threats “is not a question of not having adequate tools to employ, but a failure to use those at hand,” the statement said.