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US is failing to address persistent and lethal threat of domestic terrorism, report finds

US is failing to address persistent and lethal threat of domestic terrorism, report finds


US is failing to address persistent and lethal threat of domestic terrorism, report finds

The FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are failing to properly address the threat of domestic terrorism, predominantly from white supremacist and anti-government extremists, according to a Senate committee report released on Monday.

The Senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee spent three years investigating domestic terrorism and the federal response.

It found that the FBI and the DHS have "failed to systematically track and report data on domestic terrorism" and have not allocated sufficient resources to countering the threat.

The report comes after a spate of racist shootings in 2022. On Monday, a white man who shot 10 Black people to death in a Buffalo grocery store in May pleaded guilty to murder and hate-crime charges.

Both the FBI and the DHS have identified domestic terrorism, in particular white supremacist violence, as the "most persistent and lethal terrorist threat" to the US, the committee said.

But the federal government has continued to focus "disproportionately" on international terrorist threats, it found.

"Despite this acknowledgement and multiple analyses, plans, and national strategies across multiple administrations, this investigation found that the federal government has continued to allocate resources disproportionately aligned to international terrorist threats over domestic terrorist threats," the report said.

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