Garland directly linked the new policy to the attack on the United States Capitol. The Department of Justice, he said, has “a huge job to do to move forward as a country, to punish the perpetrators, to do everything possible to prevent similar attacks, and to stop it. do it in a way that affirms the values on which our justice system is founded and on which our democracy depends.
“The determination and dedication with which the Department of Justice approached the investigation into the January 6 attack reflects the seriousness with which we take this attack on a pillar of our democratic system,” Garland said.
The new strategy marks a major break with the administration of former President Donald Trump and more directly addresses threats posed by white supremacists and right-wing militias.
The strategy aims to provide a national framework for the U.S. government and its partners to share information relating to domestic terrorism, prevent domestic terrorist recruitment and violent mobilization, disrupt and deter domestic terrorist activity, and confront long-term contributors to domestic terrorism.
“Since January 20, the President has focused on tackling the high threat of domestic terrorism and he has also worked to ensure that our efforts to counter it take place within the context of respect for civil rights and freedoms. American civilians, ”said a senior administration official. .
Biden discussed the issue with Attorney General Merrick Garland, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and others, stressing “the need to do this work. in a way that never undermines those freedoms, values and legal safeguards in order to obtain an objective and factual examination of the threats we face, ”the official said.
Biden ordered a full 100-day review of the U.S. government’s efforts to combat domestic terrorism on his first full day in office.
The first pillar of the new strategy is to understand, analyze and share information relating to domestic terrorism with the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels, as the Department of Justice and the FBI have put in place a new system for monitor domestic terrorism cases nationwide.
The second pillar involves a proposed budget of $ 77 million within the Department of Homeland Security to prevent domestic terrorism, recruitment and mobilization to violence by working with communities to help them become more resilient to prevent individuals reach the point of committing acts of terrorist violence.
The federal government will also step up its efforts to tackle the online recruitment of domestic terrorists and mobilization against violence through increased information sharing with the tech industry.
The third pillar involves disruption and deterrence of domestic terrorist activity which includes more than $ 100 million in additional resources for the DOJ, FBI and DHS, which are included in Biden’s FY2022 budget, in order to ensure that the federal government has the necessary resources to thwart domestic terrorism.
The Justice Department is examining whether new legislative authorities are appropriate to balance security and the protection of civil liberties.
During the ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6 insurgency, prosecutors revealed that some of those accused of storming the United States Capitol were former military personnel and current police officers from across the United States. country. The investigation also found that many of those charged belong to white supremacist groups that include the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters.
The final pillar focuses on combating long-term contributors to domestic terrorism, which includes reducing and protecting Americans from racial, ethnic, and religious hatred and stopping the flow of guns to individuals. intending to commit acts of domestic terrorism.
“We will work to ensure that law enforcement operates without bias in the fight against domestic terrorism and ensures the public safety of all Americans. In a true democracy, violence cannot be an acceptable mode of seeking political or social change, ”a White House fact sheet reads.
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