The Department of Justice is creating a new position to coordinate investigations into violent homegrown extremism, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, head of the department’s national security division, said Wednesday.
According to the Associated Press, Carlin told a George Washington University crowd that, while the international terror threat occupies the public attention, federal officials remain as concerned about the prospect of violence from “Americans motivated by anti-government views and racist ideologies.”
“We need to make sure we have the mechanisms in place so that we can continue to remain just as focused on the domestic terrorism threat while addressing the international terrorism threat,” Carlin said during a question-and-answer session after a speech at the university.
Carlin emphasized what he called the growing risk from homegrown terrorism and specifically white supremacy.
“We recognize that, over the past few years, more people have died in this country in attacks by domestic extremists than in attacks associated with international terrorist groups,” Carlin said.
“Among domestic extremist movements active in the United States, white supremacists are the most violent. The Charleston shooter, who had a manifesto laying out a racist world-view, is just one example,” Carlin said, before also noting killings by white supremacists in Kansas and Wisconsin.
While he spoke about the threat posed by ISIS, he emphasized that law enforcement is focused on racist and anti-government ideologies, and that such ideologies may pose a more serious threat than ISIS.
“More broadly, law enforcement agencies nationwide are concerned about the growth of the ‘sovereign citizen’ movement. According to one 2014 study, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials considered sovereign citizens to be the top concern of law enforcement, ranking above ISIL and Al Qaeda-inspired extremists,” he said.
Sovereign citizens believe that the government is corrupt and out of control, so they do not recognize local, state or federal authority and believe that the government has no right to tax them.
The new “Domestic Terrorism Counsel” will work with U.S. attorneys nationwide “to identify trends that can be used to help shape a national strategy.”
From Activist Post:
This latest move from the fear-mongering Department of Justice essentially enshrines homegrown paranoia about imagined enemies. It also serves to justify the further expansion of the military-industrial-surveillance complex into the lives of American citizens on American soil … especially dissenting ones.
The truth is that if the so-called Domestic Terrorism Counsel were truly interested in ending homegrown extremism, it would need to look no further than the role U.S. government agencies themselves have played in cultivating nearly every act of false flag domestic terror thus far reported.