FACT SHEET: National Strategy to Combat Domestic Terrorism

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On his first full day in office, President Biden directed his national security team to conduct a 100-day comprehensive review of the U.S. government’s efforts to combat domestic terrorism, which has become the most pressing terrorist threat facing the United States today . As a result of this review, the Biden administration publishes the very first one National Strategy to Combat Domestic Terrorism to address this challenge to American national security and improve the federal government’s response.

Native terrorism isn’t a new threat in the United States, but it’s a threat Americans have endured too often in recent years. The comprehensive strategy provides a nationwide framework for the US government and its partners to understand and share information about domestic terrorism; prevent domestic terrorism from recruiting and mobilizing for violence; disrupt and deter domestic terrorism activities; and against long-term contributors to domestic terrorism. Our approach will protect both the nation and the civil liberties of its citizens.

According to federal law “domestic terrorism“Is defined as” activities that involve life threatening acts in violation of the criminal law of the United States or any other state; appear to aim to intimidate or coerce the civilian population into influencing government policies through intimidation or coercion or interfering with government conduct through mass destruction, murder or kidnapping; and occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States. “

The review was is rooted in an expert assessment of the threat posed by domestic terrorism Provided by the intelligence and law enforcement agencies. An unclassified summary of this assessment was released in March for the public to see the key findings. It found that the two deadliest elements of today’s domestic terrorism threat are (1) racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists who advocate the supremacy of the white race and (2) anti-government or anti-authority violent extremists like violent ones Militia extremists.

To develop a government-wide strategy to combat domestic terrorists, the Biden administration worked extensively with a variety of experts from across the U.S. government, as well as with leaders of Congress, state and local governments, academia, civil society, and religious communities and advising governments abroad. Throughout the process, We have accepted the protection of civil rights and civil liberties as an imperative of national security. The strategy we are putting out today is carefully tailored to combat violence and reduce the factors that lead to violence, threaten public safety and violate free expression. It’s organized around four pillars – the core elements of how the Biden administration will enhance the U.S. government’s response to this persistent, evolving, and deadly threat to our people, democracy, and national security:

PILLAR 1: UNDERSTANDING AND SHARING INFORMATION ON DOMESTIC TERRORISM

The US government will improve domestic terrorism analysis and information sharing by law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, municipal, tribal and territorial levels and, where appropriate, with partners from the private sector. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have put in place a robust system of methodological tracking of domestic terrorism cases across the country. The Foreign Ministry, as well as intelligence and law enforcement agencies, are learning more about the international dimensions of this threat from foreign partners.

The State Department will continue assess whether additional foreign entities associated with domestic terrorism can be named as foreign terrorist organizations or as Specially Designated Global Terrorists in accordance with the relevant legal criteria. The Treasury Department is working with law enforcement agencies to find ways to improve the identification and analysis of domestic terrorists’ financial activities. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is improving its analysis of open source information to detect threats earlier and will create a structured mechanism for receiving and sharing credible non-governmental government analysis.

PILLAR 2: PREVENT DOMESTIC TERRORISM RECRUITMENT AND MOBILIZATION TO VIOLENCE

Draw on the expertise of various departments and agencies, The US government has redesigned the support of community partners who can help prevent individuals from ever reaching the point where they commit terrorist violence. The US government will Strengthening national resources for the prevention of terrorismand services. For the first time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated “Domestic Violent Extremism” as a National Priority Area within the Department’s Homeland Security Grant program, meaning over $ 77 million in state, local, tribal and territorial partners to prevent, protect and respond to domestic violent extremism. DHS and FBI are working to strengthen local prevention, threat assessment and threat management frameworks. The Department of Defense (DOD) integrates training for soldiers who are leaving or leaving the military to enable potential attacks on persons with military training by violent extremist actors. The US government will improve public awareness Federal funding to address worrying or threatening behavior before violence occurs.

The US government will step up efforts to Combat online terrorist recruitment and mobilization for violence by local terrorists by increasing the exchange of information with the technology sector and creating innovative ways to promote digital literacy and strengthen resilience to recruitment and mobilization. The United States, too, recently joined the Christchurch Call to Action to Eliminate Terrorist and Violent Extremist Content Online, an international partnership between governments and technology companies working to develop new multilateral solutions to eliminate terrorist online content while protecting freedom of expression online.

PILLAR 3: INTERRUPTION AND DEMOLITION OF TERRORISM ACTIVITIES IN THE HOUSE

The work of state law enforcement, as well as our state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement partners, is vital in the fight against domestic terrorism. The US government will increase Assisting law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels in the nationwide fight against domestic terrorism. US Attorneys and FBI Fields across the country have officially given domestic terrorism top priority and are closely following domestic terrorism-related cases, reallocating or soliciting appropriate funding and resources as needed to address the threat. This includes over $ 100 million in additional resources for the DOJ, FBI, and DHS included in the President’s budget for fiscal year 2022 to ensure the federal government has the analysts, investigators, prosecutors, and other staff and resources which it needed to thwart domestic terrorism and do justice when the law was broken. State, local, indigenous and territorial law enforcement agencies will have access to increased sharing of information and training on domestic terrorism and related threats. The DOJ is carefully examining whether new legislative bodies that reconcile security and protection of civil liberties are necessary and appropriate.

The US government is improving the screening of employees to identify the methods for Identify local terrorists who may pose an insider threat. The Human Resources Bureau is reviewing updates to the forms for applying for sensitive roles in the federal government that could assist investigators in identifying potential domestic terrorism threats. DOD, DOJ and DHS are pursuing similar efforts to make sure local terrorists are not employed within our military or law enforcement agencies and improve screening and review processes. Training and resources are being developed for state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement partners, as well as sensitive private sector partners, to help them improve their own employee screening programs and prevent individuals posing a domestic terrorism threat from entering Positions of trust are brought.

PILLAR 4: CONFRONT LONG TERM PARTICIPANTS ON DOMESTIC TERRORISM

Every component of government plays a role in eradicating racism and bigotry and promoting justice for all Americans. The US government is in close partnership with civil society Address the long-term contributors who are responsible for much of today’s domestic terrorism. This includes reducing and protecting Americans from racial, ethnic and religious hatred and curbing the flow of firearms to those who intend to commit domestic acts of terrorism. We will work to ensure that law enforcement works without prejudice in combating domestic terrorism and keeping the public safety of all Americans. In a true democracy Violence cannot be an acceptable way of seeking political or social change.

The US government is committed to Strengthen trust in American democracy and its ability to make a difference for the American people, including through the help and opportunity provided through the American Rescue Plan, American Jobs Plan, and American Families Plan. The US government will also work to find ways to get around Counteract the polarization that is often fueled by disinformation, misinformation and dangerous conspiracy theories on the Internetthat supports an information environment that promotes healthy democratic discourse.

In executing this strategy, and as directed by President Biden, we will continue to focus on combating violence and reducing the threat of violence, while vigilantly ensuring the peaceful expression of a wide range of views and freedom of political association.

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