A day after President Biden declared white supremacism "the most lethal" terrorist threat, a senior official said the Justice Deparment is "actively considering" whether to seek a new law allowing prosecutors to bring specific charges for plotting and carrying out acts of domestic terrorism.
"One of the things we’re looking at is would we need new authorities," Brad Wiegmann, deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ's national security division, said during a House hearing Thursday, Bloomberg reported.
"This is a cancer on our country," he said. "Right-wing extremist attacks and plots have greatly outnumbered those from all other groups combined and caused more deaths as well."
However, both Islamic and white supremacist terror have become rare, never accounting for more than 1% of all homicides in any given year, with the notable exception of 2001, argues Matt Palumbo for The Bongino Report.
At the hearing Thursday, Wiegmann said the Justice Department has combatted domestic violations through laws regarding weapons, explosives, hate crimes and arson.
"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?"
Remember the Hammond family who were pardoned by Trump, were declared domestic terrorist because of the arson provision in the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. See here and for more info on the case go here.