Domestic violent extremist groups, especially white supremacists, pose a growing threat to the United States, Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a Senate meeting Wednesday.
“The threat of death is higher than ever … I have not seen a more dangerous threat to democracy than the invasion of the US Capitol” from rioters on January 6, – said Garland, who led the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing as prosecutor. in 1995, which killed 168 people.
Garland noted that the FBI recently stated that the main domestic violent extremism threat facing the United States comes from “violent extremists of racial or ethnic motives, especially those who advocate white supremacy.”
Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mallorcas told the committee that racially or ethnically motivated extremists “are most likely to target civilians with mass casualties,” while people associated with right-wing militias are most likely to target police, government officials and building.
Majorcas said the threat of attacks within the United States by foreign fighters such as the Islamic State also persists. “This does not mean that they have disappeared … We do not take our eyes off one to focus on the other,” he said.
Garland and Mallorcas said they were concerned about the spread of disinformation and misinformation on social media, and Mallorcas said such “false stories” could provoke violence.
Garland said the director of national intelligence was monitoring the “exchange of information” between US and European extremists.
Mallorcas said the Department of Homeland Security, whose leadership in the Trump administration has been accused of informant to suppress the threats of right-wing extremism, allocate more intelligence resources to domestic extremism and allocate “at least $ 77 million” to help local governments prepare for “acts of domestic violent extremism.”
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