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FBI agents carrying a drone inn Boulder, Colorado, on March 25. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

The FBI Agents Association, which represents more than 14,000 active and former special agents, lauded the Biden administration's new national strategy for countering domestic terrorism but said the act should be made a federal crime.

Why it matters: No federal criminal offense exists for domestic terrorism, even though it is defined under federal law, and policy makers have for years deliberated whether to create a specific penalty for committing the act.

Context: The Jan. 6 Capitol riot reignited debates over whether there should be an enforceable penalty for domestic terrorism.

  • Congress deliberated on creating a new statute for domestic terrorism in response to the riot, but many members disagreed, arguing it would be redundant or could be used to crackdown on constitutional acts of political dissent, according to USA Today.

Driving the news: The Biden administration laid out its strategy for tackling domestic terrorism on Tuesday, calling it "the most urgent terrorism threat the United States faces today."

  • It proposed tracking nationwide incidents more closely, cracking down recruitment and mobilization efforts, additional resources for the Department of Justice, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security and confronting long-term contributors to domestic terrorism as methods to curb the threat.
  • However, the strategy does not call for an enforceable domestic terrorism statute.

What they're saying: "The FBI Agents Association welcomes today's release of the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," the association said in a statement Tuesday.

  • "As the plan points out, 'domestic terrorism' is defined by federal law. Despite this definition, domestic terrorism is not a federal crime with a penalty. Penalties are required for the definition to be an effective deterrent for would-be perpetrators and an effective tool for law enforcement," it added.
  • "Making domestic terrorism a federal crime would not result in the targeting of specific ideas or groups. Rather, it would target acts of violence that have no place in the political discourse secured by our Constitution and Bill of Rights."

Go deeper: Garland asks Congress for $85 million in extra funding to fight domestic terrorism

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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.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.