#TSRPolitics: The #FBI reported today that there has been a significant rise in number of white supremacist domestic terrorism cases in recent months.
I know this feels like a “tell us something we didn’t know” moment but perhaps it’s important that the FBI is saying it out loud for all those people who are in denial and it also allows the public to hold the government accountable.
An FBI counterterrorism official said the agency has been grappling with the rise of domestic threats while international terror threats have remained constant with the fall of the ISIS caliphate in Syria, according to @cnn. The domestic terror cases generally include suspects involved in violence related to anti-government views, racial or religious bias, environmental extremism and abortion-related views.
The FBI wouldn’t provide specific numbers to quantify the increase of white supremacist domestic terrorism cases. Unlike international terrorism investigations, domestic terrorism cases are supposedly harder for the FBI to deal with because of First Amendment protections.
The U.S. doesn’t have a domestic terrorism law and no government agency designates domestic groups as being terrorist organizations. That means many cases the FBI calls domestic terror-related, end up with a variety of charges including violation of gun laws.
In 2017, there were about 150 arrests on charges the FBI classifies as domestic terror, and around 120 arrests were made in 2018. The official said the FBI is on course to match or exceed those numbers this fiscal year.
Overall, the FBI has about 5,000 terrorism-related investigations open and that includes 850 cases related to domestic terrorism, according to the official. About 1,000 cases are related to ISIS or other affiliated groups, and another 1,000 are for homegrown violent extremism.
Earlier Thursday at a hearing, acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan called “white supremacist extremist violence” a “huge issue” and called it an “an evolving and increasingly concerning threat,” for law enforcement.
We’ll keep you posted on this one, Roommates.
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