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On Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism will hold a hearing on state and local responses to counterterrorism.
On Mar. 17, 2021, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released the U.S. intelligence community’s unclassified assessment of domestic violent extremism in the United States.
On Feb. 26, the Justice Department announced that 19-year-old Richard Tobin, a New Jersey resident, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other members of a white supremacist hate group called “The Base” to intimidate Black and Jewish Americans by directing the group’s members to destroy and vandalize minority-owned properties in the U.S. in September 2019.
This overview of the federal government’s powers to pursue domestic terrorists provides context for recent, renewed policy debates about how best to address this issue.
The NDAA created new programs for combating white supremacy and domestic terrorism, but it omits two important proposals included in earlier versions of the bill. The Biden administration should consider adopting both into its security strategy.
Canada brings terrorist activity charges for a murder at an erotic massage parlor, Trudeau loses a U.N. Security Council bid and other Canadian national security news.
An unsealed federal criminal complaint alleges that Grafton Thomas used a machete to target those who were "easily identifiable as adherents to the Jewish faith" and charges Thomas with federal hate crimes. On Saturday night, five were stabbed at a Chanukkah celebration in a predominately Hasidic Jewish community in Rockland County, New York.
The FBI has released a report on lone offender terrorism, which is commonly referred to as lone wolf terrorism. The report examines lone offender attacks in the United States from 1972-2015. In the report, the authors analyze a collection of data about lone offenders including demographic information, ideological inclinations and radicalization timelines. The report can be read here and below.
Andrew Jon Thomasberg, a member of the white supremacist organization Attomwaffen Division, pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia to possession of firearms while being an unlawful drug user and to making a false statement in order to illegally purchase a firearm. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison. The plea agreement and the criminal complaint are available below.