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.
Latest in White Supremacy
Twenty-one months after the bloodiest terrorist attack in New Zealand’s history, a government commission has released a lengthy postmortem of what went wrong.
In a report released by a royal commission on Dec. 8, the New Zealand government describes how it failed to prevent a white supremacist from murdering 51 people in two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019.
The Anti-Defamation League’s monitoring of extremist groups suggests that election-motivated violence could yield more domestic terrorism threats, which if fully realized, could pose a threat to ensuring free and fair elections.
How have state and federal prosecutors have addressed the ever-growing threat of white supremacist violence?
On June 22, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the unsealing of an indictment against one U.S. Army soldier with alleged ties to Order of the Nine Angles (“O9A”), a neo-Nazi white-supremacist anarchist group. The indictment centers on his alleged involvement in a planned attack against his own military unit.
Numerous individuals and groups are posing—both online and in person—as members of groups they oppose. Malign state actors have also begun to enter the fray.
As protests sweep across the U.S., policymakers and law enforcement should keep a careful eye on whether white supremacists work to accelerate civil disorder.
What should police focus on during and after the pandemic?
The State Department Should Designate the Russian Imperial Movement as a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Designation of the Russian Imperial Movement as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist is an important step, but it should be designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization, too.