Sunday, August 4, 2019

FBI faces skepticism over its anti-domestic terror efforts - SFGate

FBI faces skepticism over its anti-domestic terror efforts - SFGate: The FBI insists it is fully engaged in combating the threat of violence from white supremacists, but some former federal officials charge that the government is still coming up short in the face of a strain of American terrorism that now seems resurgent.

The weekend massacre at a Walmart in El Paso has focused public debate once again on the issue, after federal prosecutors called it an act of domestic terrorism.

In recent congressional testimony, senior FBI officials said they were conducting about 850 domestic terrorism investigations - a decrease from a year earlier, when there were roughly 1,000. The category covers more than just racist-motivated violence, but officials say such motivations are a large part of their domestic terrorism caseload.

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