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U.S. domestic terrorism investigations have more than doubled -FBI director By Reuters


© Reuters. Christopher Wray, FBI director, testifies at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Hearing to discuss security threats twenty years after 9/11. The hearing was held in Washington D.C. on September 21st, 2021. Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS

By Jan Wolfe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. domestic terrorism cases under investigation by the FBI has more than doubled since spring 2020, its director told a Senate hearing on Tuesday, after the Justice Department warned that white supremacists and militias pose a growing threat.

“The domestic terrorism caseload has exploded,” FBI Director Chris Wray said during testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Wray stated that the bureau currently has more than 2,700 domestic terrorist investigations open. This is a sharp increase from about 1000 in spring 2020.

Wray stated that the FBI had increased resources for domestic terror investigations over the past year and increased personnel by 260% to meet this evolving threat.

After the Jan. 6, attack on Capitol by Trump supporters who wanted to overthrow President Joe Biden’s victory, domestic terrorism became more urgent.

Merrick Garland, U.S. Attorney General, stated that Trump supporters’ Jan. 6 attack had made white supremacists (and militia groups) the greatest threat to the country’s domestic security.

In June, Biden’s administration released a 30-page plan to counter domestic terrorism The plan recommends increased information sharing between local government officials, social media companies and federal agencies. Additional resources are needed to detect and prosecute potential threats as well new deterrents in order to stop Americans joining criminal organizations.

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