Biden administration creates new department to fight domestic terrorists – Action News Now

DOJ creates task force to fight homegrown extremism, citing rise of “anti-government and anti-authority ideology”

The Justice Department is stepping up efforts to combat domestic terrorism, creating a dedicated unit to deal with what it sees as a growing threat of attacks from the American public.

The department has created a counterterrorism unit within its national security unit, but Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olson told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that a new team of lawyers is needed “Enhancing our existing approach” Ensuring proper coordination of cases across the country.

“We’ve seen a growing threat from those motivated by racial hatred and those who blame extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” Olson told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He added that the FBI has more than doubled the number of its domestic terrorism investigations.

Olsen revealed the creation of the new division just days after the U.S. commemorated the first anniversary of the Capitol riots, which President Joe Biden hyped up as “The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.” Other Democrats say Jan. 6 riots were racially motivated “uprising” This was instigated by then-President Donald Trump.

Olson has no doubts about the type of ideology the U.S. Department of Justice is targeting in its fight against terrorism, telling senators that the Capitol violations are being investigated as acts of domestic terrorism. However, of the more than 700 people arrested in connection with the unrest, none have been charged with insurgent or terrorism-related crimes.

Jill Sanborn, an FBI official, told a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the greatest terror threat comes from lone extremists who seek to carry out domestic attacks after radicalization online.

Parents angry about a politically charged school curriculum may fit that description, according to the National School Boards Association, which sent a letter to Biden last September asking Washington to help address threats against education officials.The group likened some of the violent protests to “Domestic Terrorism.” Attorney General Merrick Garland responded a few weeks later, ordering the FBI to crack down on threats to school officials.

Last September, FBI Director Christopher Ray told senators about the number of domestic terrorism cases his agency handled “explode” Since 2020, some 2,700 surveys have been conducted.He said many of the potential activities were racially or ethnically motivated, and “The biggest piece” These cases stem from white supremacy. Race-driven extremism has been the FBI’s top domestic terrorism concern since at least 2019.