May 12, 2021
BY: NATHANIEL BALLANTYNE
TRUENEWSBLOG – Domestic violent extremist groups, particularly white supremacists, pose a growing threat to the United States, Attorney General Merrick Garland told a Senate panel on Wednesday.
“The threat of lethality is higher than it ever was … I have not seen a more dangerous threat to democracy than the invasion of the U.S. Capitol” by rioters on Jan. 6, said Garland, who as a prosecutor led the investigation into the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people.
The threat of attacks inside the United States by foreign militants such as Islamic State also persists, Mayorkas said. “It is not as if they have disappeared… We don’t take our eye off one to focus on the other,” he said.
Garland and Mayorkas said they were concerned about how disinformation and misinformation spread on social media, and Mayorkas said such “false narratives” can instigate violence.
Garland said the Director of National Intelligence’s office was monitoring “sharing of information” between U.S. and European extremists.
Mayorkas said that Homeland Security, whose leadership in the Trump Administration was accused by a whistleblower https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-whistleblower/u-s-intelligence-official-told-to-halt-russian-2020-election-meddling-threat-assessments-whistleblower-idUSKBN26032Q of playing down right-wing extremist threats, is devoting more intelligence resources to domestic extremism and allocating “at least $77 million” to help local governments prepare for “acts of domestic violent extremism.”