Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s call to put Capitol rioters on no-fly lists echoes the groundswell of paranoia, anger and anxiety that followed 2001’s September 11 attack. But it could “entrench an error-prone and unconstitutional system” that discriminates against people of color, warns the ACLU.
Over 40 percent of the 183 domestic terrorism cases filed in 2020 were triggered by violence associated with last summer’s Portland, Ore., demonstrations over the George Floyd killing, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
During the first 10 months of fiscal year 2019, the government reported that 204 terrorism-related prosecutions had been filed, says the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Of these, 71 were for acts of domestic terrorism, compared to 34 for international terror cases.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Virginia, which came in response to a 2016 lawsuit filed by the council on American-Islamic Relations, said the list doesn’t give Americans on the list an adequate opportunity to challenge their status as potential terrorism suspects.
A designation for domestic terrorism does not currently exist. While a push to rethink what should be deemed terrorism gains some momentum, it has sparked concerns about infringement of constitutional rights.
Nearly 2,000 hate crimes have been referred to U.S. attorneys since 2009, but just 15 percent have resulted in prosecutions, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. So far, in 2019, just 17 cases—of 99 referrals under the five hate crime statutes on federal books—have been prosecuted.
Mark Domingo, an infantryman who served a combat stint in Afghanistan, was arrested Friday after visiting a park in Long Beach, Calif., where authorities said he planned to plant home-made explosive devices made with nail-filled pressure cookers in advance of a Nazi rally scheduled Sunday.