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Racist extremists pose most deadly terrorist threat to US, intelligence report warns

Racist extremists pose most deadly terrorist threat to US, intelligence report warns
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The assessment said racially motivated extremists were most likely to attack civilians and that threats could grow in 2021.

Racially motivated extremists pose the deadliest domestic terrorism threats to the U.S., according to an unclassified intelligence report that warned that the threats could grow this year.

The blunt assessment, published in a report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, echoes warnings made by U.S. officials, including the FBI director, Christopher Wray, who testified earlier this month that the threat of domestic violent extremism was “metastasizing” across the country.

Merrick Garland, the attorney general, has also described it as a top priority as his Justice Department works to prosecute hundreds of people involved in the mob attack on the U.S. Congress in January.

The uprising exposed the threat posed by domestic extremists and prompted Joe Biden to entrust his intelligence officials with the task of investigating the scale of the problems. A brief and unclassified summary of this threat assessment was released on Wednesday; a full classified report has been submitted to the White House and Congress.

“Today’s report underscores how we face the greatest threat from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, especially white supremacists, and militia violent extremists,” said Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Intelligence officials said in their assessment that extremists seen as at risk of violence are motivated by a range of ideologies.

Developments such as anger over the restrictions imposed during the coronavirus pandemic and belief in the debunked narrative that November’s presidential election was rigged “will almost certainly” spur additional violence in 2021, the report said. Numerous courts and Donald Trump’s own Justice Department confirmed the integrity of the election.

The report says the deadliest threat comes from racially motivated violent extremists, who officials say are most likely to carry out mass attacks against American civilians, as well as militias deemed likely to attack law enforcement and government officials. The threat from militias has increased in 2020 and is expected to increase again this year, according to the report summary.

Der Bericht besagt, dass weiße Rassisten die “hartnäckigsten und besorgniserregendsten transnationalen Verbindungen” aufweisen, wie die Beamten sagen.
Andere inländische extremistischen Kategorien, die Regierung Ermittler Sorge gehören Tierrechte und Umweltaktivisten, Anti-Abtreibung Demonstranten, Anarchisten und Menschen, die sich selbst souveräne Bürger nennen, die “glauben, sie sind immun gegen staatliche Autorität und Gesetze”.

Früher am Mittwoch sagte die Anti-Defamation League (ADL), dass sich die Verbreitung von weißer supremacistischer Propaganda in ganz Amerika im Jahr 2020 fast verdoppelt hat, mit 5.125 gemeldeten Vorfällen von rassistischen, antisemitischen und anderen Hassbotschaften.

Die ADL sagte, dass 2020 das “höchste Niveau” von Fällen solcher Propaganda hatte, seit sie begann, das Phänomen zu überwachen – ein Durchschnitt von etwa 14 Fällen täglich.

Die Berichte kamen Stunden, nachdem ein Bewaffneter acht Menschen in mehreren Massagesalons in der Gegend von Atlanta tödlich erschossen hatte – sechs der getöteten Opfer waren asiatischer Abstammung, und sieben waren Frauen – was Befürchtungen aufkommen ließ, dass der Amoklauf rassistisch motiviert war. Die Schießereien wurden inmitten einer Zunahme der anti-asiatischen Bigotterie in den USA durchgeführt, die Belästigung und körperliche Angriffe enthalten hat.

 

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