The Department of Justice is finally boosting its efforts to fight “domestic terrorism” with the appointment this week of a “domestic terrorism counsel.”
Better late than never.
Mother Jones reports:
The new appointee has not yet been named but will coordinate cases, identify trends, and “analyze legal gaps or enhancements required to ensure we can combat these threats,” Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, head of the agency’s National Security Division, said Wednesday.
“We recognize that, over the past few years, more people have died in this country in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups,” Carlin said in a speech at George Washington University.
On Wednesday, Carlin offered a definition, “The threat ranges from individuals motivated by anti-government animus, to eco-radicalism, to racism, as it has for decades.”
In addition, Carlin compared domestic attacks and the activities of the radical Islamist group ISIL, which has seized various territories across Iraq and Syria and is currently under fire from US air strikes.
Both ISIS and domestic extremists use social media to promote their messages and attract followers, and both have lately seen a rise in attacks by “lone offenders,” he said.
While there is no definitive evidence proving the role of social media use in the rising tide of mass shootings, a recent Mother Jones investigation found that many law enforcement and forensic psychology experts do believe there is a connection.
Carlin called for the use of any means at an investigators’ disposal—including the cooperation of internet service providers.
“Service providers must take responsibility for how their services can be abused,” he said. “Responsible providers understand what the threats are and take action to prevent terrorist groups from abusing their services to induce recruits to commit terrorist acts.”
We’ve documented so many cases of domestic terrorism here. This past June, a man in an armored van opened fire at Dallas police headquarters.
That same man, James Lance Boulware, in 2013, was arrested after he obtained firearms, ammunition and body armor before threatening to attack his family, churches and schools.
This past January, three Georgia men were accused of conspiring to obtain explosives and faced a domestic terrorism charge — conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
During the trio’s conversations online, they discussed using Guerilla war tactics and planned to launch attacks against a metro Atlanta police station and several government agencies.
Fox News failed to mention that.
In July, Eric Holder said the Charleston massacre in which a white supremacist gunned down nine black Americans while they attended Bible study, should serve as a ‘wake up call’ to domestic terrorism.
These terrorists are attacking us within our borders. On American soil.
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