By: Konrad Holden
Last Tuesday, the Biden administration announced a new strategy aimed at squelching domestic terrorism. The strategy will purportedly seek to stop events like the January 6th attack on the Capitol by targeting “Racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (principally those who promote the superiority of the white race) and militia violent extremists.” However, it makes no mention of Antifa or BLM, both of whom have been key contributors to a large uptick in violence over the last year.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department’s new “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism” last Tuesday. The strategy is explicitly focused on extremists with “racial or ethnic bigotry and hatred” or “anti-government or anti-authority” sentiment. Despite this, neither BLM nor Antifa were mentioned in connection with this new strategy.
This new strategy seems to have been formed partially in response to the January 6th Capitol riot, during which many people protested election results.
This new strategy has four “pillars”:
The new strategy has garnered critics from both sides of the aisle. The ACLU has argued that the strategy does not go far enough to protect against “unfair and unjustified surveillance and targeting of Black and Brown people, particularly Muslims.”
On the other hand, some conservatives have pointed out that the strategy could lead to even more big tech censorship. Under the second pillar, the strategy mentions governments and technology companies working together to eliminate “terrorist content online while safeguarding the freedom of online expression.” This could include technology companies sharing information with the federal government, as one senior administration official mentioned.
The Biden Administration has begun pouring resources into the strategy, including allocating a $77 million grant from the DHS to respond to domestic violent extremism.
“Together, we must affirm that domestic terrorism has no place in our society. We must work to root out the hatreds that can too often drive violence.” - President Joe Biden
"The resolve and dedication with which the Justice Department has approached the investigation of the January 6 attack reflects the seriousness with which we take this assault on a mainstay of our democratic system." - US Attorney General Merrick Garland