A senior Justice Department official opened the door to seeking a new legislature for domestic terrorism, a measure that the Biden administration has not taken since the January 6 riots, and civil rights activists have also warned.
At a briefing to reporters on Friday, the prospect of expanding investigative and prosecution tools emerged. At that press conference, several officials from the Justice Department and the FBI described the extensive powers they already possess.
Although there is no domestic terrorism statute, U.S. officials cannot designate domestic organizations for sanctions like foreigners, but a senior official acknowledged that the legal definition of domestic terrorism “expands the many authorities we can use”
But on Friday, a senior Justice Department official suggested that the US government also consider enacting a domestic terrorism law.
The senior official said: “Obviously, this will be a policy issue for people who are about to join the government.” “I’m sure we will run a data-driven process to see if we need to add legislatures in this area.”
This is a step that the new government has not taken yet. On Tuesday, Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the “New Anomaly” podcast of The Daily Beast that the FBI did not seek other powers to counter white supremacy or far-right violence. The FBI did not question this feature. He told the Daily Beast: “The FBI, in accordance with the requirements of the legislature, together with the leadership of the Justice Department, needs any other legislation.”
The prospect of a new counter-terrorist force shocked civil rights liberals and others, who feared that such institutions would be unnecessary and would criminalize extreme political views for abuse instead of pursuing plans or committing acts of violence. People. They pointed to the excessive behavior of the FBI in the 20-year war on terrorism, and also worried that the expansion of law enforcement, intelligence, and prosecutorial powers would enable future presidents to use it for marginalized groups. For example, former President Donald Trump (Donald Trump) Black destroyed the “Black Life Issues” activists and designated them as terrorists.
“When opposing white and black protesters, or applying double standards to Muslims and non-Muslims, we should not turn a blind eye to our aversion,” said Rep. I-han Omar (I-han Omar) a week after the Capitol riots. ) (D-MN) told “Daily Beast”. “But at the same time, we must resist the human desire for revenge-we can only see the expansion of the tools for oppressing blacks and Browns… The answer is not more laws to expand surveillance and security.”
During the conference call, Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin assured that the Department of Justice “makes the detection, destruction, and deterrence of various forms of domestic terrorism and violent extremism a priority.” Carlin addressed the country after 9/11. This continuity of priorities has been repeatedly mentioned in the pursuit of jihadist terror, such as adopting an “intelligence-led” approach, “just like since 9/11.”
Carlin said that throughout the government, including the National Intelligence Director Avril Haines (Avril Haines)’s forthcoming “comprehensive threat assessment” of domestic terrorism, Carlin said that the Obama administration is considering expanding information sharing to prevent Radicalization and destruction of “extremist networks”. As many officials have said since 9/11, Kalin has promised that protecting civil liberties will remain a top priority.
Kalin said that the Ministry of Justice will soon issue guidance to ensure that its national security department “can insight and track all cases linked to domestic terrorism” or violent extremism, hoping to generate clues in cases in various jurisdictions.
Carlin said: “After the fact that the family lost their loved ones and grieves for them, this method recognizes that success is not the prosecution of violent extremists or terrorists,” “Success is the destruction before the violence, and this is always ours. The goal of counter-terrorism work.”