The number of fatalities caused by domestic terrorists has been exceeded in recent years by that of international terrorist attacks, and the FBI is & # 39; laser-focused on country threats & # 39; while US extremists turn to social media to nurture their violent ideologies.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations made 107 domestic terrorist arrests compared to 121 international in fiscal year 2019 and the agency, but director Christopher Wray noted that & # 39; most of the fatality here in the home country has certainly been on the domestic side & # 39 ;.
FBI and National Security officials have testified that the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is leaving a vacuum that will soon be filled and that domestic violent extremists still pose a major threat to internal security.
& # 39; We see domestic terrorism as (a) persistent, evolving threat & # 39 ;, FBI director Christopher Wray testified during the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington DC on Wednesday.
& # 39; International terrorism lives and lives and is something we should also focus on. & # 39;
Americans driven by violent extremist ideologies or personal grievances are, according to DHS & # 39; one of the major emerging threats & # 39; become. (L-R) Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Acting Director of National Counterterrorism Center Russell Travers and DHS Under Secretary for Intelligence David Glawe
National security officials testified that the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is leaving a vacuum that will soon be filled and violent homegrown extremists still pose a major threat
The FBI believes that encrypted messaging services, internet forums and social media platforms have only contributed to racist and ethnically motivated crimes
According to them, encrypted messaging services, as well as internet forums and platforms, have only contributed to racist and ethnically motivated crimes.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan mentioned & # 39; the prevailing trend of Americans driven by violent extremist ideologies or personal grievances & # 39; one of the & # 39; most important emerging threats & # 39; for national security.
Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and David Glawe, secretary of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of DHS, had similar views.
Asked about placing European white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in a foreign terrorist organization classification, Wray said it could help & # 39; but is not going to pose the biggest threat we face here & # 39; – lonely & # 39; self-radicalized terrorists & # 39 ;.
Wray said online communication & # 39; between US-based neo-Nazis & their overseas analogues & # 39; in most cases does not lead to travel abroad.
The rapid development of technology, however, has contributed to the stimulation of domestic terrorism.
& # 39; They don't work together, but they are inspired by each other, & # 39; he warned and added: & # 39; Terrorism is moving at the speed of social media today.
In August, Donald Trump denied that white supremacist ideology was behind a recent number of mass shootings in the US, which amounted to mental illness and social media. Patrick Crusius, 21, (left) is the suspect in the shooting in El Paso, while Connor Betts, 24 (right) is the suspect in the shooting in Dayton
The panel asked for better funding to help DHS identify potential domestic threats and noted that no federal indictment for homegrown terrorists was a problem.
Wray said that despite being focused on & # 39; laser threats from the country & # 39 ;, the FBI had to rely on & # 39; creative solutions & # 39 ;, such as filing other federal indictments or passing on a case to local authorities to bring a case against the terrorists.
In August, President Donald Trump agreed that social media were a problem in the case of a recent series of mass shootings in the US. But he denied that the white supremacist ideology was behind them and put people like Dayton and El Paso to mental illness.
Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said the threat continues to spread itself and will require a lot of attention in the coming years.
Meanwhile, President Bennie Thompson and other Democrats questioned when Trump would finally find a permanent Secretary of Homeland Security as former US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner McAleenan plays the role.
& # 39; During my term of office in this committee, I no longer worried about DHS's ability to carry out its mission, & # 39; Thompson opened the hearing. & # 39; Aside from the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, eleven components and offices within the DHS work with acting leaders, and in all but two cases, the president still has to nominate someone to fill these vacancies.
& # 39; It has been 203 days since the department last had a confirmed secretary. And although Acting Secretary McAleenan is leaving tomorrow, the President has yet to announce who his replacement will be. What is the delay? & # 39;
McAleenan – the fourth person in the 240,000-member division during President Donald Trump's admin – said: & it's always good to have leaders confirmed & # 39;
McAleenan, who was not nominated before joining the role, added: & # 39; I'm not worried. & # 39;
President Bennie Thompson and other Democrats investigated when Trump would finally find a permanent minister of Homeland Security
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