This Tuesday, June 15, a senior Biden administration official advanced to reporters that part of the strategy to fight ‘domestic terrorism’ will include setting conditions for Americans to report family members and neighbors who have been ‘radicalized’ in addition to working closely with social media platforms to monitor violent behavior.
To prevent violence from materializing, the senior official said there is a need for “creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence.”
Last Tuesday, June 15, statements by Attorney General Merrick Garland to the press also reflected the Biden administration’s intention to use a broad approach involving a scenario where people report on their acquaintances when they notice they are being ‘radicalized.’
“We need not only a whole of government approach but a whole of society approach. We must not only bring our federal resources to bear. We must adopt a broader societal response to tackle the problem’s deeper roots,” Garland said.
The attorney general further made clear that for the current Democratic administration, white supremacy is the greatest danger facing Americans.
“In the FBI’s view, the top domestic violence extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the White race,” Garland said.
The federal government will allocate more than $100 million in additional resources for the Department of Justice, FBI and Department of Homeland Security to ensure it has the analysts, investigators, prosecutors and resources needed to confront domestic terrorism.
Close cooperation with social media platforms
The focus of Biden’s strategy will also include asking for close cooperation with social networking companies to monitor on their own for patterns that indicate the potential threat of someone being radicalized.
This aspect of the plan—in which social networking platforms share information with the government—has been used since 2015 to detect potential recruitments by the ISIS terrorist group in the United States.
That is, authorities will ask for private information from U.S. citizens to analyze certain patterns that they consider potential ‘radicalizations.’
“Any particular tech company often knows its own platform very well. But the government sees things—actually, threats of violence—across platforms. They see the relationship between online recruitment, radicalization, and violence in the physical world,” the White House official said.
Strategy’s neutrality in question
In describing the strategy, the official stressed that the efforts “to counter it take place within the context of upholding American civil rights and civil liberties,” and that they emphasized “the necessity to conduct this work in a way that never undermines those freedoms, those values, and those legal guardrails.”
During the virtual press conference, a reporter asked the official that “even though you’re saying it’s going to be ideologically neutral, we’re already hearing a lot of rhetoric from Republicans and Trump supporters who fear that that’s not the case.”
“So, it’s not motivating politics or ideology that matters for us or, more importantly, for the strategy and implementation; it’s when political grievances become acts of violence. And we remain laser-focused on that, and that’s how we’ll continue,” the official responded.
Absent from the strategy, however, is mention of two of the most violent left-wing groups in the United States—Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
During the summer of 2020, with the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter and Antifa protests under the banner of fighting racism culminated in looting, destruction of businesses, federal buildings, violence against police, and others.
According to an Axios report, both privately and publicly, the damage caused in the 140 U.S. cities by the protests is estimated to exceed $2 billion.
Due to the constant narrative of systematic racism, activists from the Marxist group Black Lives Matter even began attacking people sitting in bars and restaurants simply because they were white.
On the other hand, the ‘domestic terrorist threat’ appears to be fully focused on the January 6 incidents on Capitol Hill. According to Gateway Pundit, out of nearly one million Trump supporters who went to demonstrate peacefully in the vicinity of Congress and about 900 stormed the building.
There are no indications that the individuals who breached congressional security are white supremacists, nor are there any pre-January 6 incidents involving this group of individuals of a scale that justify the government’s plan to target them.