Responding to the recent bloodshed in El Paso and elsewhere, President Trump laid heavy blame on the internet and then invited social media companies to a White House summit to be held on Aug. 9 to discuss efforts against online extremism.
Nicholas Rasmussen serves as Senior Director for National Security and Counterterrorism Programs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership with Arizona State University. He previously served under Presidents Obama and Trump as Director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 2014 - 2017.
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The United States has long built its approach to counterterrorism based on a fundamental distinction between “international terrorism” and “domestic terrorism.” The phrases were always misnomers to some degree, but the recent mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has revealed just how unsuitable that distinction is for today’s terrorist threats.