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US Domestic terrorism has superseded the threat of international terrorism, warns ex-NYC police commissioner

07:55  16 january  2021
07:55  16 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Former New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton warned CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that domestic terrorism has superseded the threat of “If you're talking about the lethality of the threat , domestic terrorism — meaning violent white supremacists, neo-Nazis, sovereign citizens

Domestic violent extremists are the number one terrorism threat in 2021, according to the FBI. One officer claimed the two were escorted by Capitol Police , but prosecutors say he wrote he "attacked The president-elect’s decision reflects growing worries over potential threats in the Capitol and across

  • “For the last 20 years our biggest concern was international terrorism -- ISIS, Al Qaeda,” said Bill Bratton. “Now it's here and it's us, and it's the citizens of the United States."
  • State capitols across the nation are facing the threat of violence in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugurations.
  • Bratton said that is “much, much harder” to battle domestic terrorism, and that the U.S. does not have the “tools to battle domestic terrorism” in the way it does to battle international terrorism.

Former New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton warned CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that domestic terrorism has superseded the threat of international terrorism in the United States.

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How is domestic terrorism defined? The FBI defines domestic terrorism as acts "perpetrated by individuals and/or groups inspired by or associated with Under the Patriot Act, the federal government has multiple resources to combat international terrorism . It has the authority to conduct surveillance

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“For the last 20 years our biggest concern was international terrorism — ISIS, Al Qaeda,” Bratton said in a Friday evening interview. “Now it's here and it's us, and it's the citizens of the United States, some of whom are rebelling against everything we thought we believed in for the last 300 to 400 years.”

Former Homeland Security Department counterterrorism official, Nate Snyder, echoed Bratton’s sentiments on “The News with Shepard Smith.”

“If you're talking about the lethality of the threat, domestic terrorism — meaning violent white supremacists, neo-Nazis, sovereign citizens, militia movements — have been the most lethal threat in these past ten years compared to Al Qaeda and ISIS- inspired threats,” Snyder said.

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These extremists “will very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021.” “These [extremists] and others may also perceive the event as “Criminal activity by rioters targeting members of the media is also indicative of an increased and prolonged threat of targeted violence against

The bulletin lists the threat from paramilitary groups, racist extremists, and obsessives "citing political grievances," who together "will very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021." It says: "In 2021, threats and plotting of illegal activity, including the destruction of property and violence

State capitols across the nation are facing the threat of violence in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugurations. FBI Director Christopher Wray told state officials to take any extremist threat seriously at a briefing on inauguration security at FEMA headquarters on Friday.

“If we find that an individual poses a violent threat, then we and our partners will take advantage of every lawful authority and method we’ve got to disrupt any attempt or attack,” Wray said. “Our posture is aggressive; it’s going to stay that way through the inauguration.”

Wray said the agency is tracking “extensive” online chatter that includes calling for armed protests. Some extremists online have been ignoring President Trump’s call for peace, and are citing the fact that he has still not formally conceded, according to Politico. There are also some extremists on the instant messaging platform “Telegram” who are calling for surprise attacks nationwide, according to the Washington Post.

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Domestic extremists pose the most likely threat to the presidential inauguration, particularly those who believe the incoming administration is illegitimate, according to a joint bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security, FBI and eight other agencies obtained by CNN.

“Surveying American State Police Agencies About Terrorism Threats , Terrorism Sources, and Terrorism Definitions,” Terrorism and Political This report provides background regarding domestic terrorists —detailing what constitutes the domestic terrorism threat as suggested by publicly

Bratton told host Shepard Smith that it is “much, much harder” to battle domestic terrorism, and that the U.S. does not have the “tools to battle domestic terrorism” in the way it does to battle international terrorism. Snyder criticized the deleterious effects of the Trump administration’s policies for weakening the country’s ability to combat threats from neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and sovereign citizens.

“Unfortunately, during this administration, there was a systematic atrophication of these efforts, not only from my former office but also from analysts within the department’s intelligence and analysis division that would focus primarily on tracking these threats,” Snyder said.

The National Park Service shut down the National Mall amid widespread security concerns. The Army confirmed Friday that as many as 25,000 National Guard troops will be in D.C. to help with security for Biden’s inauguration. That’s roughly five times the number of troops that the U.S. currently has in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bratton said there should be more transparency when it comes to law enforcement delivering information to U.S. citizens, in order to keep them aware and to further protect them.

“I hope after January 20 we get back to a situation where we can be more transparent, more forthcoming, and where we can have American law enforcement leadership being where they need to be, which is at those podiums, talking to you, rather than some of us, former law enforcement officials,” Bratton said.

Biden and the West face the threat of far-right extremism .
In an inaugural address that pleaded for unity, President Biden identified an enemy. He called out the pathologies and dangers of the nativism fostered by former president Donald Trump. “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making moves us,” Biden said, a gesture to the protests that swept the country over the summer. “A cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.” He went on: “I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real.

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