Following recent mass shootings, two bills have been introduced in Congress that would provide federal law enforcement with tools to combat domestic terrorism.
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Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who leads the House Intelligence Committee, has announced a bill to criminalize domestic terrorism. In a domestic analogue to 18 U.S.C.
Sen. Martha McSally has proposed a draft bill to make domestic terrorism a federal crime, following the recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California. The bill would also require an annual report from the attorney general, the director of the FBI and the secretary of homeland security assessing the current domestic terrorism risk as well as providing an analysis of domestic terrorism incidents or attempted incidents.
The El Paso terrorist attack has revived interest in the possibility of making “domestic terrorism” a federal offense. What is at stake in this debate?
Past Lawfare coverage of the issues raised by the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.
Efforts to expand the mission of the National Counterterrorism Center should begin with a review of how the Department of Homeland Security has addressed domestic terrorism since its inception in 2003.
A stated Justice Department policy of protecting the privacy of terrorism defendants is inconsistent with its practice of releasing materials naming Muslim Americans prosecuted in international terrorism-related cases—while rarely publicizing the identities of non-Muslims prosecuted for right-wing extremism.
Cesar Altieri Sayoc, arrested in October 2018 in connection with the mailing of 16 pipe bombs to 13 former government officials and prominent Democrats, pleaded guilty on Thursday to 65 felony counts in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Sayoc was charged by the Manhattan U.S.
A Maryland-based Coast Guardsman, Christopher Hasson, has been charged with criminal possession of firearms, under 18 U.S.C. § 922 (g)(3), and illegal substances, under 21 U.S.C. § 844.
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.