Biden’s National Strategy Against Domestic Terrorism

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Biden Administration launched the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic in June 2021. It has sharpened understanding of the domestic terrorism threat and improved information transferring with state, local, Tribal, and territorial law enforcement and foreign counterparts. Further,  It doubled investigations into domestic extremism and terrorism, prioritized grants for research into the factors that influence domestic terrorism and extremism, supported local measures to prevent acts of domestic terrorism, and extended capabilities to disrupt and prosecute such acts, all while protecting privacy, civil rights and civil liberties.

Domestic terrorism attacks the very foundations of democracy and is a direct danger to the civil rights and civil liberties secured for all Americans. Those who are involved in domestic terrorism and hate-fueled brutality attempt to intimidate Americans and refuse them their most basic rights, including their lives and liberty. 

The Administration adopts an evidence-based, stakeholder-knowledgeable, public health-concentrating violence prevention approach. The strategy marks the entire government’s expertise, experience, and efforts to establish and improve community-level and individual-level violence prevention and strength by Increasing the community’s financial, technical, and educational resources. In March, the Administration established the Prevention Resource Finder, the first-ever website with a complete list of federal resources available to help state and local governments, social organizations, houses of worship, schools, and others prevent actions of targeted violence and terrorism. 

It is further Expanding community-based recreation of individuals at risk of engaging in targeted violence or terrorism. The FBI has extended its partnerships with local law enforcement, social assistance providers, mental health providers, and community leaders to attempt to prevent violence before it occurs. 

Moreover, The DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant program increased its annual grant to $20 million in 2021 to support nonprofits, state, regional, tribal, and territorial governments, and institutions of higher education establish or improve targeted violence and terrorism prevention. CP3 has funded $40 million across the United States to increase awareness, develop local prevention networks, and provide training to community members. 

It also engaged in Boosting training opportunities to support local prevention efforts. Since 2021, CP3 has produced nearly 250 briefings on the threat of violence to communities and stakeholder groups and created local prevention efforts.

Managing the role of the Internet in influencing individuals to commit acts of domestic terrorism is also part of the strategy. The Administration has persisted in participating in nongovernmental and multilateral efforts to comprehend and respond to terrorist content and activities online.

Strengthening the prevention efforts at the state and local level is not the silver bullet to preventing domestic terrorism. The Administration has, therefore, also emphasized the importance of deterring domestic terrorism by always investigating and prosecuting bad actors and prioritizing domestic terrorism-related examinations and prosecutions at both the national and local levels. On the other hand, FBI domestic violent extremism and domestic terrorism inquiries has more than doubled since the spring of 2020 – to around 2,700 examinations at the end of fiscal year 2022.

It also includes Improving support for state, local, tribal, and territorial partners examining and prosecuting domestic terrorists. Backing these agencies goes beyond the information-sharing partners’ need to acquire actionable information in a timely and coordinated manner.

The Biden administration has established a sequence of efforts to prevent and reduce hate crimes—the United We Stand Summit. Last September, the President held the Summit, which put forward a shared idea for a more united America, demonstrating that the extensive majority of Americans approve that there is no place for hate-fueled violence in the country.

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