Alleged White Supremacists were Responsible for All Race-based Domestic Terrorism Incidents in 2018, according to a Government Document Distributed earlier this year to State, Local, and Federal Law Enforcement.
The Document, which has Not been previously reported on, becomes Public as the Trump Administration’s Justice Department (DOJ) has been Unable or Unwilling to Provide the Data to Congress on White Supremacist Domestic Terrorism.
The Data in this Document, titled “Domestic Terrorism in 2018,” appears to be what Congress has been Asking for, and Didn’t get.
The Document, dated April 15th, 2019, shows 25 of the 46 Individuals Allegedly Involved in 32 Different Domestic Terrorism Incidents were identified as White Supremacists. It was prepared by New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security (DHS) Preparedness, one of the Main Arteries of Information Sharing, and sent throughout the DHS Fusion Center Network as well as Federal Agencies, including the FBI.
“This map reflects 32 domestic terrorist attacks, disrupted plots, threats of violence, and weapons stockpiling by individuals with a radical political or social agenda who lack direction or influence from foreign terrorist organizations in 2018,” the Document says.
The Map and Data was Circulated throughout the DOJ and around the Country in April just as Members of the Senate pushed the DOJ to provide them with Precise Information about the Number of White Supremacists involved in Domestic Terrorism. While the Document shows this Information clearly had been Compiled, some of the Senators say the DOJ would Not give them the Figures.
“I’m troubled by the lack of transparency, given that we haven’t received this critical information after several requests to the FBI and DOJ. They cannot and should not remain silent in the face of such a dangerous threat,” Sen. Cory Booker, (D-NJ) wrote in an Email, after being told about the Data.
Booker is Part of a Group of Senators on the Judiciary Committee who have raised Concerns about how the DOJ Categorizes Domestic Terror Incidents and expressed concerns that White Supremacist Violence is being Downplayed.
An Aide to Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Il) , who is also on the Judiciary Committee, said it was “disappointing” to Discover the Justice Department has Information it has been “unable or unwilling” to provide to Senators. “This is disappointing but unfortunately not surprising. In April, the Justice Department and the FBI briefed Senate Judiciary Committee staff on domestic terrorism, nearly six months after Sen. Durbin’s office first requested the briefing,” the Aide said. “At the briefing, the DOJ and the FBI were unable or unwilling to provide precise data on white supremacist terrorism, and neither agency has responded to our repeated follow-up questions since the briefing.”
After the Briefing with Officials from the Justice Department and FBI, Booker, Durbin, and other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a Letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray in May outlining their Concerns about the Categorization of Domestic Terrorism Incidents.
“For the past decade, the FBI used 11 different categories for domestic terrorism, including a separate category for white supremacist incidents. The Administration is now using a classification system with only four categories, including ‘racially-motivated violent extremism,’” the Letter said. “This new category inappropriately combines incidents involving white supremacists and so-called ‘Black identity extremists,’ a fabricated term based on a faulty assessment of a small number of isolated incidents.”
In the Letter, the Senators said they were “deeply concerned that this reclassification downplays the significance of the white supremacist threat.” They also indicated that they asked the FBI and DOJ Officials involved in the Briefing for Information about White Supremacist Terrorism and were Not provided with it.
“The briefers provided statistics on racially motivated violent extremism … but could not say how many involved white supremacist violence, other than to acknowledge they were ‘a majority’ of the incidents. If we do not understand the scope of the problem, we cannot effectively address it,” the Letter said.
Wray Testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing on July 23rd, and Booker asked him about the Bureau’s New Categorization of Domestic Terrorist Groups. A week later, Booker sent Wray a Request for Additional Information for the Record, including the Number of Attacks and Fatalities that “have been attributed to white supremacists since 2000.”
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