There’s been an ongoing “sea change” in the U.S. government’s domestic counter-extremism policy, but also on domestic violent extremist actors, groups, and movements themselves.
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In 1998, the IRS was prohibited from designating sovereign citizen nonfilers as “illegal tax protesters.” Two decades later, this provision may now be obscuring a plausible tool for identifying domestic extremists.
FBI Director Christopher Wray says that the bureau’s internal guidelines prevented it from looking at social media posts announcing the planned attack on the Capitol. But the guidelines say nothing of the sort.
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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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.
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.
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