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Joe Biden’s Department of Justice is “actively considering” whether to give prosecutors new authorities to bring specific charges against “domestic terrorists.”
“One of the things we’re looking at is would we need new authorities,” Brad Wiegmann, deputy assistant attorney general for the department’s national security division, said Thursday.
The FBI is now warning that “domestic extremists” pose a heightened threat for carrying out attacks in the U.S. in the near future, with white supremacists being the “most lethal threat.”
“The question we’re really wrestling with is: Are there gaps?” Wiegmann told a House Appropriations subcommittee. “Is there some type of conduct that we can envision that we can’t cover or would it be an otherwise benefit in having something else other than what we’re having now?”
The power to change the law rests with Congress, not Biden’s administration. But Democrats narrowly control both houses of Congres.
“We won’t ignore what our intelligence agencies determine to be the most lethal terrorist threat to our homeland today, white supremacy is terrorism,” Biden said in his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday.
However, opposition to creating a specific domestic terrorism law has been voiced from groups spanning the political spectrum — from civil liberties advocates to conservatives.
They contend a new law isn’t needed and could be used to violate the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens.
The Justice Department recently took other steps to better address the threat of domestic terrorism.
In March, for example, the department directed U.S. attorney’s offices across the country to notify headquarters in Washington about investigations and cases that are related to domestic extremism, Wiegmann said.
The effort is intended to ensure the department has the ability to identify and internally track investigations and prosecutions involving the threat, he said.
For starters, the federal government already has the power to bring charges for arson, violations of weapons, and/or explosives.
The reality is that Biden’s DOJ is looking to make new laws to persecute people with whom they politically disagree.
Why hasn’t the Justice Department mentioned Black Lives Matter and/or Antifa activists who have carried out violence, assaulted people in the streets, looted, rioted, and destroyed businesses in various communities across the country?
The DOJ wants to create new terrorism laws to go after “white supremacists” but not BLM or Antifa activists?
To many, it certainly seems as if this move is politically motivated.
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“This is a cancer on our country,” said Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Matt Cartwright, chairman of the subcommittee. “Right-wing extremist attacks and plots have greatly outnumbered those from all other groups combined and caused more deaths as well.”
Again, no mention of BLM, Antifa, or black-on-black violence that kills hundreds of blacks every year in America.
There also does not appear to be any mention from the Biden administration about attacks against Asian-Americans.
It seems very clear, many would agree, this is solely about targeting white people.