Administration Plans to Counter Domestic Terrorism

Strategy includes bolstering law enforcement partnerships.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced its new strategy to address what it sees as one of the biggest threats to national security: domestic terrorism. Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a speech, “In the FBI’s view, the top domestic violent extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race.”

The attorney general continued, “We are focused on violence, not on ideology. In America, espousing a hateful ideology is not unlawful. We do not investigate individuals for their First Amendment protected activities. There is no place for partisanship in the enforcement of the law. The Justice Department will not tolerate any such abuse of authority.”

The new focus set out by the Justice Department will begin by improving the flow of information between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. A new system to “methodically track” cases of domestic terrorism has also been put in place at the department. Finally, the department is currently discussing new domestic terrorism laws that it would ask Congress to pass since no such laws currently exist in the United States. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the administration as they implement plans to deal with domestic terrorism.
  • For discernment for U.S. officials to use unifying language and support harmonious discourse to preserve national peace.
  • That the attorney general will protect civil rights and civil liberties as potentially violent individuals or groups are investigated.

Sources: AP, CNN, Reuters


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