Joe Biden Orders A Review Of The Domestic Violent Extremism And Asked To Identify Networks That Promote It




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The U.S. president Joe Biden has directed law enforcement and intelligence officials in his administration to study the threat of domestic violent extremism in the United States, an undertaking that has been launched weeks after a mob of insurgents loyal to Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.

On Friday, an announcement was made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki was a stark acknowledgment of the national security threat that the officials see as posed by the American extremists being motivated to violence by radical ideology.

The involvement of the national intelligence office being created after the September 11, 2001 attacks with a goal of discomforting international terrorism, suggested that the U.S. authorities are examining how to pivot to a more concerted focus on violence from the extremists at home.

Additionally, the threat assessment is being coordinated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, The FBI, and also the Department of Homeland Security, and shall be used as a foundation to develop policy, said the White House. The National Security Council shall do its policy review to see how the information about the problem can be beer shared across the government.

Psaki stated that the January b6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths, and the massive destructions that occurred underscored what they all know: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and a much growing national security threat, and added that the administration will thereby confront the problem with resources and policies but shall also respect for the constitutionally protected free speech and the political activities.

When asked that whether the new methods were needed or not, she said that more needs to be done and that is why the president is tasking the national security team to do exactly this review on the second full day in office.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House Intelligence Committee stated that the Biden administration needed to appear to be prioritizing the threat of domestic extremism.

The riot at the Capitol that led to Trump’s second impeachment raised questions about whether a federal government national security apparatus that for decades has moved progressively to combat threats from foreign terrorist groups in America and is adequately equipped to address the threat of domestic extremism.

This is an issue that has flared consistently over the years with different attacks and included a shooting rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

It is however unclear when the threat assessment will end or whether it will precipitate law enforcement and intelligence getting new authorities to address a problem that the officials have said has proved challenging to combat.

The law enforcement agencies are currently under scrutiny for their preparations for January 6, when a violent mob of Trump supporters overran the police and rushed into the Capitol. Numerous people have been facing charges.