DOJ Creates New Office To Focus On Threat Of Domestic Terrorism


After criticism that it has ignored the growing threat of domestic terrorism, the U.S. Justice Department has created a new office to focus on homegrown extremists, reports the Kansas City Star. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin announced the move at a terrorism seminar at George Washington University. He said the Domestic Terrorism Counsel will serve as the main point of contact for federal prosecutors working on domestic terrorism cases. Carlin said the new office was created “in recognition of a growing number of potential domestic terrorism matters around the United States.”

The announcement bolsters the Star’s reporting that law enforcement shifted its attention from domestic to foreign terrorism after the 9/11 attacks. As a result, federal authorities lost sight of domestic extremists. Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center called the Justice Department move a positive step. “Certainly, there is a very real and substantial Islamist threat,” he said. “This isn't some nightmarish fantasy dreamed up by the politically correct left.” Carlin said the new counsel would coordinate domestic terrorism cases and play a key role in efforts to identify trends and analyze ways to disrupt the threats. “Much attention has focused on those inspired by Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) message of hate and violence spreading worldwide and reaching homes here in America through the group's unprecedented social media recruitment efforts,” he said. “And rightly so.”

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