FBI Will Prioritize Domestic Terrorism, Despite Trump’s Indifference

According to the FBI, arrests for domestic terrorism are outpacing arrests for international terrorism in the current fiscal year. As a result, the law enforcement agency announced this month that it will now be focusing much more on combating homegrown terror threats.

Since October 1, 66 people believed to be engaged in domestic terror have been arrested — three more than arrests of suspected international terror suspects.

The FBI’s new priorities contrast with those of President Donald Trump, who has cultivated a reputation for displaying an indifference toward domestic terrorism threats. Trump has faced criticism over his responses to the act of deadly terrorism at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which he referred to both sides having “very fine people.”

More recently, Trump directed the Department of Homeland Security to defund a domestic terrorism prevention program established under President Obama. He’s also faced backlash over his response to the arrest of a Trump supporter who mailed bombs to prominent Democrats and media outlets.

The violence at the Charlottesville rally led to several arrests of right-wing extremists, in addition to the motorist who killed counter-protester Heather Heyer. Earlier this month, a handful of self-proclaimed white nationalists pleaded guilty to conspiring to riot at the gathering.

The FBI also recently made an arrest after a radical right-wing group live-streamed the armed kidnapping of migrants — including women and children — crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, although the individuals were not charged with terrorism.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, not only are hate-inspired murders increasing – at least 50 in 2018 compared to 37 in 2017 — but all perpetrators of last year’s hate crime homicides had links to right-wing extremism, particularly white nationalism.

It shouldn’t be surprising that right-wing domestic terrorism and hate crimes are drawing increasing attention from the FBI. One need only look at the toxic rhetoric — no longer confined to the fringes — being spewed by the mainstream right in the United States.

Last month the Republican Party in West Virginia came under fire when one of its sponsored political groups, ACT for America, displayed a banner attempting to link Rep. Ilhan Omar to the 9/11 terror attacks and handed out anti-Muslim pamphlets on government property.

Then, of course, there’s the rhetoric coming from the senior figure of the GOP, President Trump himself. Not only has he attempted to justify his hardline anti-immigration stance by citing the threat of foreign terrorism on numerous occasions, but before the latest midterm elections he also openly and proudly described himself as a “nationalist.”

In other words, Republicans appear not just apathetic toward domestic terrorism, but they’re also actively enabling it. If the Trump administration won’t address this growing threat to national security, at least it appears the FBI will.

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50 comments

Leo C
Leo C13 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Jan S
Sara S13 days ago

Makes sense

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Ingrid A
Isabel A15 days ago

Thank you

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David C
David C15 days ago

thanks

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David C
David C15 days ago

thanks

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Ruth S
Ruth S15 days ago

Thanks.

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Ruth S
Ruth S15 days ago

Thanks.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O16 days ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O16 days ago

Just block aid to terrorists wherever they are

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E16 days ago

brian f
Not ONE original thought in you is there. Just like a true BOT
Too much wacky smoke ?

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