Since the 9/11 attacks, federal authorities have focused most of their attention on foreign “Jihadi terrorism.” That’s left policymakers poorly equipped to understand the threat posed by non-Jihadi American extremist groups and individuals, says a Congressional Research Service study.
No terrorism charges can be filed in the Charlottesville, Va., violence. Expert David Schanzer says, “These crimes do more in terms of the impact on the community, creation of fear, intimidation, than other crimes. That should be acknowledged.”
Security agency defends a “more involved” pat-down procedure. An official says, “Pat-downs result in the discovery of knives and other dangerous items carried on a passenger’s person on a daily basis.”
Some 50 “homegrown violent jihadists” are to be released by 2026. One terrorism convict already out tells the Associated Press that some “loose cannons” now in prison “might go to the convenience store and cut off somebody’s head.”
While members of Congress spar over how much of the big health care law they can kill, on a much smaller scale, the U.S. Justice Department has its own case of a federally funded effort that won’t go away, at least so far this year, no matter how hard lawmakers try.
“Keeping this country safe from terrorists is the highest priority of the Trump administration,” said the Justice Department as Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, visit the U.S. detention facility and war court.