An expert assessment of the threat provided by intelligence and law enforcement, a summary of which was released in March, found that its two most deadly elements are white supremacists and anti-government violent extremists.
MOSCOW – The US Department of State will assess whether foreign entities suspected of having links to domestic terrorism could be described as terrorist organisations, the White House announced on Tuesday.
“The Department of State will continue to assess whether additional foreign entities linked to domestic terrorism can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations or Specially Designated Global Terrorists under relevant statutory criteria,” the White House said in a press release.
After the Biden administration began to review its domestic counterterrorism policy, the unclassified version of intelligence assessment was released in March. It showed that the two most lethal elements of US domestic terrorism have been racially and ethnically motivated extremists.
The new policy has four pillars or goals which are to realise, prevent, disrupt and solve the roots of domestic terrorism. This requires more thorough research into what Americans say and share on social media so that the government can fight extremism and misleading information.
Guardian: The White House has published its first ever national strategy for countering domestic terrorism five months after a violent mob stormed the US Capitol in Washington.
The framework released on Tuesday by the national security council describes the threat as now more serious than potential attacks from overseas but emphasises the need to protect civil liberties.
Anticipating Republican objections that Joe Biden could use counterterrorism tools to persecute supporters of Donald Trump, the strategy is also careful to state that domestic terrorism must be tackled in an “ideologically neutral” manner.
It cites examples such as “an anti-authority extremist” ambushing, shooting and killing five police officers in Dallas In 2016; a lone gunman (and leftwing activist) wounding four people at a congressional baseball practice in 2017; and an “unprecedented attack” on Congress on 6 January.
“They come across the political spectrum,” a senior administration said on a media conference call. “We acknowledge the shooting at the congressional baseball, the attack on police officers in Dallas, just as we acknowledge the attack in Charlottesville and the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
“So it’s not motivating politics or ideology that matters for us or, more importantly for the strategy and its implementation. It’s when political grievances become acts of violence and we remain laser focused on that.” read more..