The 32-page government-wide strategy to counter draws on the assessment of the government’s efforts to address domestic terrorism that President Biden ordered on his first day in office in the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.
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The U.K. proscribed the U.S.-based neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division as a terrorist organization. The move appears to be more for international solidarity and to provide tools to combat online propaganda than one of current and direct operational necessity.
On Wednesday, May 12, at 10 a.m., the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on domestic violent extremism. The committee will hear testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
House Homeland Security Hearing on Transnational Racially and Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism
On Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism will hold a hearing on the transnational threat of racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism. The subcommittee will hear testimony from John Cohen, the assistant secretary of homeland security for counterterrorism and threat prevention, and John Godfrey, the acting coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department.
On Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies will hold a hearing titled, "Violent Extremism and Domestic Terrorism in America: The Role and Response of DOJ." The subcommittee will hear testimony from Jill Sanborn, the assistant director of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, and Brad Wiegmann, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's National Security Division.
What does the report reveal about online extremism and the efforts to counter it?
On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 12:00 p.m., the House Armed Services Committee will hold a full committee hearing on extremism in the armed forces.
Social media companies should develop emergency protocols to counter the exploitation by malign agents and states that seek to foment violence.
As the U.S. government faces downsizing in both its terrorism prevention staff and congressional funding, a quiet shift has begun at the local level. The future of CVE programs will be determined by state-level and city initiatives.
There is an ongoing debate within policy circles on when and where countering violent extremism programs began in the U.S. There is, however, little debate on whether the strategy has been implemented effectively. By every objective measure, it has not.