Admin Pushes Domestic Terror Plan 06/15 06:05
The Biden administration says it will enhance its analysis of threats from
domestic terrorists, including the sharing of intelligence within law
enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies to eliminate terrorist
content online as part of a nationwide strategy to combat domestic terrorism.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Biden administration says it will enhance its
analysis of threats from domestic terrorists, including the sharing of
intelligence within law enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies
to eliminate terrorist content online as part of a nationwide strategy to
combat domestic terrorism.
The National Security Council on Tuesday released the strategy plan, which
comes more than six months after a mob of insurgents loyal to President Donald
Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's
A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that
domestic violent extremists posed an increased threat in 2021, with white
supremacist groups and anti-government militias posing the highest risk,
The new strategy includes enhancing the government's analysis of domestic
terrorism and improving the information that is shared between local, state and
federal law enforcement agencies. Administration officials said the Justice
Department had also implemented a new system to "methodically track" domestic
terrorism cases nationwide within the FBI.
The Justice Department was also evaluating whether the administration should
recommend Congress pass a specific domestic terrorism law, which does not
currently exist. In the absence of domestic terrorism laws, the Justice
Department relies on other statutes to prosecute ideologically motivated
violence by people with no international ties.
But that has made it harder to track how often extremists driven by
religious, racial or anti-government bias commit violence in the U.S and
complicates efforts to develop a universally accepted domestic terror
definition. Opponents of domestic terrorism laws say prosecutors already have
The government's new plan also includes an effort to identify government
employees who may pose a domestic terrorism threat, with a number of federal
agencies working on new policies and programs to root out potential domestic
extremists in law enforcement and in the military.
A senior administration official said the Office of Personnel Management was
considering updating forms to assist in improving screening and vetting of
government employees to make sure people who could pose a threat are identified
before being put in sensitive roles. The official spoke to reporters on the
condition of anonymity to detail the internal tools.
Officials said the Justice Department had also formally made domestic
terrorism a top priority and had been reallocating resources at U.S. attorneys'
offices and at FBI field offices across the U.S. to combat the threat from
domestic extremists. The Justice Department's proposed budget for next year
includes $100 million in additional resources related to domestic terrorism to
be used for analysts, investigators and prosecutors.
The U.S. and four other countries joined onto an effort to stop extremist
violence from spreading online. The effort, known as the Christchurch Call,
involves some 50 nations plus tech companies including Google, Facebook,
Twitter and Amazon, and is named for the New Zealand city where the slaughter
at the two mosques took place.