I have not been shy in pointing out that there is no Federal Domestic Terrorism statute in the United States because it would unearth proof that the greatest threat to the United States’ security is white supremacy.
I have also complimented the FBI for warning years ago that white supremacists have and continue to infiltrate police departments across the county. Conversely, I have also criticized the FBI for not paying enough attention to the threat white supremacy poses, choosing instead to play up the so-called threats posed by Black Lives Matter (BLM protesters, and ANTIFA„ some of whom go too far by breaking the laws.
We should never lose sight of the fact that BLM protesters are actually protesting against police violence and criminality, and the disorganized group that goes by the acronym (ANTIFA). The acronym literally stands for Anti-fascist.
It seems to me that if the United States were to attend to systemic racism and the rise of Fascism, which has taken on a new life over the last dozen or so years, these two Organizations would cease to exist.
Donald Trump’s presidency was dedicated to two things. (1) Enriching himself, his children, and his wealthy backers, and (2) enhancing the cause of white supremacy.
Though Trump is undoubtedly the most racist person to occupy the Executive Mansion in my lifetime, the racism he represents was not created by him; he merely used it toward his own ends and took steps to encourage it for his future exploitation.
There is evidence that at least 20% of Capitol insurrectionists were past and serving military and law enforcement members; this revelation should be no surprise.
Despite the irrefutable data, the term terrorism continues to be viewed as something associated with foreigners and Muslims in particular.
There is now a new Democratic Administration in Washington DC. We hope that President Biden and the Democrats in the Congress will move with speed and purpose in reinstating the Federal Voting Rights Act to its former state.
The 1965 Act was decimated in 2013 By the Roberts Court in a stunning decision known as Shelby County Vs. Holder.
The other pressing issue is the need to rein in the white supremacist groups running around pretending to be law-abiding citizens but are, for all intents, terrorist groups.
On its second full day in office, the new administration took steps to look at local terror groups. Biden has already directed federal law enforcement and national intelligence officials to complete an assessment of the threat posed by domestic violent extremism in America.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the threat assessment at a press briefing on Friday.
The assessment of the situation at hand will be managed in part by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which was created in the wake of the 9⁄11 terrorist attacks and responsible for advising the president on national security issues.
When that assessment is completed, we hope that it will lead to actionable legislation that will focus on this existential threat that has continued to result in the loss of countless lives without the outcry and action warranted in light of its severity.
White supremacy terrorism is not new. On the morning of April 19th, 1995, Timothy McVeigh killed numerous Americans right here at home in a dastardly act of domestic terrorism. Since then, white terrorists have killed at will, and have avoided the coalescence needed around the common cause of rooting it out.
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Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.