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Winning Issue » DOMESTIC TERRORISM


Terrorism is the use of violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government or its people in furtherance of a political or social goal. It may be safe to assume that when one thinks of terrorists, thoughts turn to the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and ISIS. However, our Justice Dept. reports that White supremacists and other like-minded groups have committed the majority of the terrorist attacks in the United States this past year. White nationalist and White supremacist terrorists include individuals who believe White people and “White identity” in western countries are under siege and who pursue the destruction of pluralistic values inherent to the American way of life. White supremacist groups were responsible for 41 of 61, or 67%, of all terrorist plots and attacks in the first eight months of 2020. These groups were also responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016, more than any other domestic extremist group. Experts say that violent White supremacy has been the most persistent and lethal domestic threat to our nation in recent years.

The Justice Dept. also reported that “far-left and far-right violence was deeply intertwined” and that far-left groups, including anarchists and antifascist organizations, were responsible for 12 attacks and plots in 2020, or 20% of the total amount - up from 8% in 2019. Last year’s domestic terrorism events include several fatal shootings during public protests, and the FBI’s arrest of 13 men accused of plotting to kidnap and kill the governor of Michigan. Analysts link these events to the country’s charged politics, the coronavirus pandemic and its financial fallout. The Justice Dept. further warned that violence could continue to escalate due to increasing polarization, growing economic challenges, concerns about racial injustice, and the persistence of the coronavirus.

Pending Legislation: H.R.350 - Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Schneider (IL)
Status: House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (Judiciary)
Chair: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current domestic terrorism policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support creating offices to monitor, analyze, investigate and prosecute domestic terrorism by:

    1.) Authorizing a Domestic Terrorism Unit in the DHS to monitor and analyze domestic terrorism activity and to be responsible for investigating and prosecuting incidents of domestic terrorism.

    2.) Ensuring that each office authorized under this section in their respective agencies shall have adequate number of employees to perform the required duties, have not less than one employee dedicated to ensuring compliance with civil rights and civil liberties laws and regulations, and require all employees undergo annual anti-bias training.

    3.) Reviewing each reported hate crime incidents to determine whether the incident also constitutes a domestic terrorism-related incident.

    4.) Establishing an interagency task force to analyze and combat White supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration of the uniformed services and Federal law enforcement agencies.

    5,) Coordinating with U.S. Attorneys and other key public safety officials across the country to promote information sharing and ensure an effective, responsive, and organized joint effort to combat domestic terrorism.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support creating offices to monitor, analyze, investigate and prosecute domestic terrorism by:

    1.) Authorizing a Domestic Terrorism Unit in the DHS to monitor and analyze domestic terrorism activity and to be responsible for investigating and prosecuting incidents of domestic terrorism.

    2.) Ensuring that each office authorized under this section in their respective agencies shall have adequate number of employees to perform the required duties, have not less than one employee dedicated to ensuring compliance with civil rights and civil liberties laws and regulations, and require all employees undergo annual anti-bias training.

    3.) Reviewing each reported hate crime incidents to determine whether the incident also constitutes a domestic terrorism-related incident.

    4.) Establishing an interagency task force to analyze and combat White supremacist and neo-Nazi infiltration of the uniformed services and Federal law enforcement agencies.

    5,) Coordinating with U.S. Attorneys and other key public safety officials across the country to promote information sharing and ensure an effective, responsive, and organized joint effort to combat domestic terrorism.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing H.R.350 - Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021.

If elected as a trustee, Center for Strategic and International Studies will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to work and advocate for the prevention of domestic terrorism.

About: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to advancing practical ideas to address the world’s greatest challenges. CSIS’s purpose is to define the future of national security. We are guided by a distinct set of values—non-partisanship, independent thought, innovative thinking, cross-disciplinary scholarship, integrity and professionalism, and talent development. CSIS scholars bring their policy expertise, judgment, and robust networks to their research, analysis, and recommendations. We organize conferences, publish, lecture, and make media appearances that aim to increase the knowledge, awareness, and salience of policy issues with relevant stakeholders and the interested public. CSIS recently released a brief warning of the evolution of domestic terrorism in the United States.
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September 19, 2022
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September 26, 2022