DOJ Warns of “Elevated” Threat From Violent Extremists

DOJ Warns of “Elevated” Threat From Violent Extremists

( – In a stark warning during a congressional hearing today, the United States Department of Justice warned United States Senators that the threat of domestic terrorism from exceptionally violent extremists is real and that it is creating a special unit to hunt down and eradicate political extremists bent on violence.

As reported by The Washington Post:

“The Justice Department is forming a new domestic terrorism unit to help combat a threat that has intensified dramatically in recent years, a top national security official said Tuesday.

“Matthew G. Olsen, the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, announced the unit in his opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee, noting that the number of FBI investigations of suspected domestic violent extremists — those accused of planning or committing crimes in the name of domestic political goals — had more than doubled since the spring of 2020.” [emphasis added]

At one point during the hearing, Jill Sanborn, executive assistant director for the national security branch of the FBI, testified that “the FBI had recently elevated anti-government violent extremism as a priority, on par with racially motivated violent extremism, homegrown violent extremism and extremism planned or inspired by the Islamic State.” [emphasis added]

What do you think? Do you support the United States Department of Justice along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation making domestic terrorism and violent political extremists a target for more intense scrutiny, investigation, and potentially prosecution? Why or why not? Share your thoughts and opinions by emailing [email protected].

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