On Tuesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.
The National Strategy is designed to coordinate and provide a principled path for the federal government’s efforts to counter the heightened domestic terrorism threat, using all available tools. It is the culmination of an effort undertaken at the President’s direction by federal agencies all across the government – from the Justice Department to the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Health and Human Services, and others.
“We will never take our eyes off the risk of another devastating attack by foreign terrorists,” the Attorney General said. “At the same time, we must respond to domestic terrorism with the same sense of purpose and dedication.”
The strategy rests on four “pillars,” each of which is essential to support the whole:
“First are efforts to understand and share information regarding the full range of domestic terrorism threats. Second are efforts to prevent domestic terrorists from successfully recruiting, inciting, and mobilizing Americans to violence. Third are efforts to deter and disrupt domestic terrorist activity before it yields violence. And finally, the long-term issues that contribute to domestic terrorism in our country must be addressed to ensure that this threat diminishes over generations to come.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says that there has been a rise in racially and ethnically motivated attacks and those stemming from militias.
On Tuesday, the FBI warned of potential attacks from angry QAnon supporters.
“We assess that some DVE adherents of QAnon likely will begin to believe they can no longer ‘trust and plan’ referenced in QAnon posts and that they have an obligation to change from serving as ‘digital soldiers’ towards engaging in real world violence — including harming perceived members of the ‘cabal’ such as Democrats and other political opposition- instead of continually awaiting Q’s promised actions which have not occurred,” the FBI assessment reads.
Garland will reconvene the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee that Attorney General Janet Reno created after the bombing in Oklahoma City.
The Attorney General’s plan also includes a better way to screen federal government employees, law enforcement, and service members.
According to CBS News, at least 51 participants in the Jan. 6 attack are current or former military members. There were also several participants that worked in law enforcement. One firefighter was arrested.