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Trump Administration Promise to Focus on Extremism Remains Unfulfilled

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Trump Administration Promise to Focus on Extremism Remains Unfulfilled

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9/1/20
WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security started an effort a year ago this month to address domestic terrorism, white nationalist threats and other acts of homegrown violence, a major shift for an agency created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to protect the country from foreign terrorism. Today the plan to carry out that new mission remains stalled in a bureaucratic morass as clashes between protesters and counterprotesters have escalated to precisely the violent acts that the plan was supposed to address. Instead, a new crop of Department of Homeland Security leaders, led by the confrontational acting secretary, Chad F. Wolf, appear to be doing the opposite of what had been promised. Far from cooperating with local governments and citizens to combat domestic unrest, particularly from the far right, they have joined President Trump in lashing out at American mayors and governors while deploying federal tactical teams to cities — often expressly against the wishes of the local governments with which they had pledged to cooperate. Killings this summer in Portland, Ore., Oakland, Calif., and Kenosha, Wis., have heightened fears that the kind of ideological extremism that the department sought to address last September has burst onto the streets of the nation’s cities.

The document published a year ago singled out white supremacist and anti-government extremism as primary national security threats, while also noting the potential threat posed by Antifa, a loose-knit anti-fascist movement. Officials at the time committed to releasing a detailed implementation plan within months. That blueprint was to guide federal and local governments as well as community stakeholders in how to work cooperatively to identify threats and address politically motivated violence. “It’s government dysfunction and bureaucracy at its worst,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst for the Department of Homeland Security whose 2009 report warning of the rise of right-wing extremism was withdrawn after it prompted political backlash from conservative leaders furious that it suggested some military veterans were joining far-right movements. Some city leaders and former department officials went further, saying that in the absence of cooperation, the president was exploiting the unrest for his re-election campaign, singling out left-wing agitators while ignoring white supremacists and right-wing groups.

Rather than confront violent white-extremists and far-right radical groups, Trumps DHS is giving them a pass because their chaos and mayhem suit Trumps reelection strategy of positioning himself as a pseudo "law and order" candidate.

Trump is encouraging violent far-right/white-nationalist groups/individuals that the FBI stated pose the greatest threat of terrorism to the United States.....

Related: FBI Director Christopher Wray Says A Majority of Domestic Terrorism Cases are Motivated by White Supremacist Violence
 

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He isn't going to crack down on white supremacists for obvious reasons.
 

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Typically, the feds leave that up to the states while the FBI investigates information gleaned during the investigation, including video surveillance. Then they drop a buttload of charges all at once after things die down.

You are going to have to face an unpleasant fact: the anarchists are pushing the envelope, not the white tribes.
 

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He isn't going to crack down on white supremacists for obvious reasons.

DUH. He IS one.

Nah just kidding. But believe it or not , some morons think he his!
 

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DUH. He IS one.

Nah just kidding. But believe it or not , some morons think he his!

You weren't kidding, actually.
 
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