Skip to comments.Justice Department Renews Focus On Homegrown Terrorists
Posted on 06/03/2014 7:42:10 AM PDT by cizinec
The U.S. has devoted billions of dollars to fighting terrorism overseas in the years since the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Justice Department is increasingly warning about the danger posed by radicals on American soil, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants prosecutors and FBI agents to devote more attention to the threat.
Nearly two decades ago, after the Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people, the Justice Department launched a group to fight domestic terrorism.
That group was set to meet on Sept. 11, 2001, but the meeting got canceled and the idea shelved as the U.S. turned to fight terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Now Holder will relaunch the group focused this time on homegrown extremists.
"The threat from al-Qaida is much more diffuse after Sept. 11, and the threats posed by a single horribly misguided citizen or permanent legal resident in the U.S. is in a sense as great as what core al-Qaida posed before Sept. 11," says Neil MacBride, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Threats like the deadly shootings at Jewish facilities in Kansas this year, the attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people in 2012 and a bomb designed to detonate at the Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane, Wash. The man involved in that 2011 case got 32 years in prison.
Beth Wilkinson, who helped prosecute the Oklahoma City bomber, says any system that promotes sharing information between the Justice Department and the FBI makes sense.
"In many cases, and we saw one in Oklahoma City, there are individual events that sometimes could trigger the need for an investigation," Wilkinson says. "Sometimes those events don't get noticed and don't get put together with events in other states or other jurisdictions."
Wilkinson says she's not sure there's another Oklahoma City-type threat these days but more attention to the issues can't hurt.
"Better to put the task force together early, and if there isn't a large national problem, then great. And if there is such problem, then law enforcement will be prepared," Wilkinson says.
Now Bergdhal's release and the release of the five makes sense. They share the same values as the POTUS.
I feel like we're living in the dystopian world from the film "Brazil."
Make sure you don’t say anything about 0bama’s BIG ears.
How about starting with the terrorists in the White Hut?
What he really means is watch out all you crackers! It’s on like donkey-Kong if you love America!
The administration has not been arming for amusement but out of a sense of preparedness.
Well you never know when another rancher is going to put up a fight when they come to steal his cattle. Can’t put up with that nonsense.
Bundy, NRA, GOP, TEA, anything to the right of HRC............
Maybe Holder should check out the Muzzie training camps here in the USA first.
I believe the Feds have already defined what groups they consider to be “extremist”—Christians, TEA Party, Pro 2nd Amendment, Veterans, Preppers, etc...
What worries me is that they say they will develop cases for those that “MAY” resort to violence due to political reasons, etc... Are they going to start rounding people up for their political associations or beliefs????
We already know the answer to that question, we just don’t want to believe it.
That makes sense, at least by liberal standards. Dear Leader just released five of America’s most dangerous enemies from Gitmo, so the FBI and Homeland Security will need to focus on military veterans who cling to God and to guns.
Black gangbangers killed more than 168 people in the FIRST SIX MONTHS IN CHICAGO last year. And this year, And the year before the year before this year.
And black gangbangers kill that number EVERY six months - IN ONE CITY... Hundred MORE in other cities every year.
Oklahoma was over 20 years ago...
Holder and his goons, and asssorted filth in the MSM jump to the conclusion that every and any killing is done by a right winger - until it's prover (once again and EVERY time in the last 20 years) that the killing's been done by a Muslim - or a democrat - or the child of a democrat. Then the hysteria stops and the spin about 'mentally ill' or 'an exception to the peace loving' starts)
When it's NOT a right winger, the truth forces the liberal filth to slink away - and get very quiet.
But if Holder and goons can stick anything on us, his blind obsessive hatred of middle class white Americans will move him to damage us. No one knows how far he'll go if he can get away with it.
Expose his lies. Tell the truth about this shooter - that he was trotted out to 'prove lies' - he worked for the left. He was taken to leftist college classrooms to showcase his lies.... Demand truth. He was under the control of leftists... and worked for their benefit.
Truth to a liberal is like a bright light to a cockroach.
True... but this is one scary totalitarian move...