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Admin Pushes Domestic Terror Plan      06/15 06:05

   The Biden administration says it will enhance its analysis of threats from 
domestic terrorists, including the sharing of intelligence within law 
enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies to eliminate terrorist 
content online as part of a nationwide strategy to combat domestic terrorism.

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Biden administration says it will enhance its 
analysis of threats from domestic terrorists, including the sharing of 
intelligence within law enforcement agencies, and will work with tech companies 
to eliminate terrorist content online as part of a nationwide strategy to 
combat domestic terrorism.

   The National Security Council on Tuesday released the strategy plan, which 
comes more than six months after a mob of insurgents loyal to President Donald 
Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's 
presidential win.

   A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence found that 
domestic violent extremists posed an increased threat in 2021, with white 
supremacist groups and anti-government militias posing the highest risk, 
officials said.

   The new strategy includes enhancing the government's analysis of domestic 
terrorism and improving the information that is shared between local, state and 
federal law enforcement agencies. Administration officials said the Justice 
Department had also implemented a new system to "methodically track" domestic 
terrorism cases nationwide within the FBI.

   The Justice Department was also evaluating whether the administration should 
recommend Congress pass a specific domestic terrorism law, which does not 
currently exist. In the absence of domestic terrorism laws, the Justice 
Department relies on other statutes to prosecute ideologically motivated 
violence by people with no international ties.

   But that has made it harder to track how often extremists driven by 
religious, racial or anti-government bias commit violence in the U.S and 
complicates efforts to develop a universally accepted domestic terror 
definition. Opponents of domestic terrorism laws say prosecutors already have 
enough tools.

   The government's new plan also includes an effort to identify government 
employees who may pose a domestic terrorism threat, with a number of federal 
agencies working on new policies and programs to root out potential domestic 
extremists in law enforcement and in the military.

   A senior administration official said the Office of Personnel Management was 
considering updating forms to assist in improving screening and vetting of 
government employees to make sure people who could pose a threat are identified 
before being put in sensitive roles. The official spoke to reporters on the 
condition of anonymity to detail the internal tools.

   Officials said the Justice Department had also formally made domestic 
terrorism a top priority and had been reallocating resources at U.S. attorneys' 
offices and at FBI field offices across the U.S. to combat the threat from 
domestic extremists. The Justice Department's proposed budget for next year 
includes $100 million in additional resources related to domestic terrorism to 
be used for analysts, investigators and prosecutors.

   The U.S. and four other countries joined onto an effort to stop extremist 
violence from spreading online. The effort, known as the Christchurch Call, 
involves some 50 nations plus tech companies including Google, Facebook, 
Twitter and Amazon, and is named for the New Zealand city where the slaughter 
at the two mosques took place.

 
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