Governments must reorient their counterterrorism approaches to reflect an environment in which all terrorist threats have transnational dimensions.
Mary B. McCord is currently Senior Litigator and Visiting Professor of Law at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law School. She is the former Acting Assistant Attorney General and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice and was a long-time federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
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Domestic extremist violence is on the rise. To address the problem, Congress should hold hearings and make domestic terrorism a federal crime.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s overdue prohibition on bump stocks should be upheld by the courts.
Robert Bowers, who murdered 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, may face the death penalty for his heinous crimes, but he will not be held accountable for what he actually did: commit crimes of domestic terrorism.
A federal judge’s order barring the publication of blueprints for 3D-printed guns will not eradicate the threat posed by the weapons—but it’s an important step.
It is time that our federal criminal laws recognize domestic terrorism for what it is: the moral equivalent of international terrorism.
Despite comments to the contrary by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Thomas Bossert, prosecution in Article III federal courts has been the most successful long-term option for the U.S. government in dealing with enemy combatants since 9/11.