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Justice Dept. Forms Domestic Terrorism Unit

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The New York Times

Justice Dept. Forms Domestic Terrorism Unit

The move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to make combating domestic terrorism a priority.

by Katie Benner

Olsen added, but a group of lawyers will now be dedicated to the domestic threat and ensure that cases will be “handled properly and effectively coordinated” across the agency and federal law enforcement.

The move is in keeping with Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s vow to prioritize combating domestic extremism. It comes as the Justice Department investigates the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, an assault that underscores the resurgence of domestic extremism driven in part by the baseless perception that the 2020 election was marred by election fraud.

Last year, the Biden administration unveiled a national strategy to tackle domestic extremism, which called for preventing recruitment by extremist groups and bolstering information sharing across law enforcement.

In its budget proposal this spring, the Justice Department requested an additional $101 million to address domestic terrorism, including $45 million for the F.B.I. and $40 million that federal prosecutors can use to manage their increasing domestic terrorism caseloads. But Congress has not yet passed its annual appropriations bill, so no agency funding requests have been granted.

Full story https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/11/us/politics/justice-dept-domestic-terrorism.html