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Domestic Terrorism & Hate Crimes

We urge the Justice Department to increase efforts to investigate and prosecute far-right violence and hate crimes. The FBI should collect and publish comprehensive data.

Overview

Follow­ing the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. Depart­ment of Justice named terror­ism preven­tion its number-one mission. But it does not treat all terror­ism with the same urgency. Law enforce­ment’s response to acts of far-right viol­ence, which are often desig­nated as hate crimes, has been inad­equate.

We advoc­ate for a more robust response. At the same time, we do not believe that new laws are needed to target domestic terror­ists. Rather than expand­ing coun­terter­ror­ism powers that could be abused, Congress should require the FBI to collect and publish data on far-right viol­ence and intensify its over­sight of federal coun­terter­ror­ism programs to ensure that secur­ity resources are direc­ted toward the dead­li­est threats and that all Amer­ic­ans receive equal protec­tion.

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