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Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The Biden administration on Tuesday released the first-ever "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," following a 100-day comprehensive review ordered by President Biden on his first day in office.

Why it matters: It's the first national plan for countering what the White House is calling "the most urgent terrorism threat the United States faces today," echoing previous assessments by Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and the intelligence community.

  • The strategy calls for more information-sharing between the government and tech sector, other nations and among domestic law enforcement agencies.
  • An unclassified threat assessment released by the intelligence community in March identified white supremacists and anti-government extremists as "the two most lethal elements of today’s domestic terrorism threat."

Details ...The strategy is organized around four main pillars:

1. Understand and share domestic terrorism-related information

  • The FBI and Justice Department "have implemented a robust system to methodically track domestic terrorism cases nationwide," according to the White House.
  • The State Department will continue to assess whether foreign entities linked to domestic terrorism can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
  • The Treasury Department is seeking to enhance the identification of terrorist financing, while the Department of Homeland Security is creating a stronger mechanism for receiving and analyzing open-source information.

2. Prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and mobilization to violence

  • The government will address online terrorist recruitment and mobilization by increasing information-sharing efforts with tech and creating "innovative ways to foster digital literacy."
  • The U.S. recently joined a global coalition with tech companies that will work to develop new solutions "while safeguarding the freedom of online expression."
  • DHS will allocate over $77 million to state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to address to the threat.

3. Disrupt and deter domestic terrorism activity

  • FBI field offices and U.S. attorneys have made the threat of domestic terrorism their top priority. President Biden's FY 2022 budget proposal includes over $100 million in additional resources for the DOJ, FBI, and DHS to increase personnel and access to intelligence-sharing and training.
  • The Justice Department is considering whether new legislative authorities "that balance safety and the protection of civil liberties" are needed.
  • The Office of Personnel Management will increase screening efforts and consider updating application forms to work for the federal government to ensure it does not employ potential domestic terrorists.

4. Confront long-term contributors to domestic terrorism

  • The administration will work to protect Americans from "racial, ethnic, and religious hatred," stem the flow of firearms to potential domestic terrorists, and reduce bias within law enforcement — each identified as potential "long-term contributors" to domestic terrorism.
  • The strategy also calls for finding new ways to "counter the polarization often fueled by disinformation, misinformation, and dangerous conspiracy theories online."

What they're saying:

This is a project that should unite all Americans.  Together we must affirm that domestic terrorism has no place in our society.  We must work to root out the hatreds that can too often drive violence.  And we must recommit to defending and protecting our basic freedoms, which belong to all Americans in equal measure, and which are not only the foundation of our democracy – they are our enduring advantage in the world.
— President Biden

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FBI director: Afghanistan withdrawal could provide "safe haven" for terrorist groups

FBI director Christopher Wray speaking at a House briefing on Tuesday. Photographer: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

FBI director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan could lead to the region becoming "a safe haven" for terrorist groups again.

What he's saying: "We are, of course, concerned that there will be an opportunity for a safe haven to be re-created there, which is certainly something we’ve seen in the past," Wray said during a House Homeland Security Committee briefing.

North Carolina man pleads not guilty to making Capitol bomb threat

First responders and police investigating Floyd Ray Roseberry's bomb threat outside the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 19. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

North Carolinian Floyd Ray Roseberry pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and explosive materials after he allegedly claimed to possess an armed bomb near the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 19, according to Reuters.

Why it matters: A federal judge declared Wednesday that Roseberry is mentally competent to stand trial after he was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation in August because of his history of mental illness.

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