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Homeland Security to Focus on Threat of White Supremacy

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 October 2019 02:13 PM

The Department of Homeland Security has reaffirmed that white supremacy is “major issue of our time,” and a primary threat to national security, The New York Times reports.

“I would like to take this opportunity to be direct and unambiguous in addressing a major issue of our time. In our modern age, the continuation of racially based violent extremism, particularly violent white supremacy, is an abhorrent affront to the nation,” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said last month in his remarks at the Brookings Institute, according to NBC News

Around that same time, the department issued a new strategy document advising law enforcement on emerging threats that specified violent white nationalism, and announcing that the department is seeking to improve its analysis of the domestic terror threat.

“This is a huge affirmation for what we’ve been trying to do the last 18 years,” said Mike Sena the president of the National Fusion Center Association, which are groups across the country that gather data and are partly funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

McAleenan added that the recent mass shootings and other racially-motivated attacks, like those on synagogues and African-American churches, have "galvanized the Department of Homeland Security to expand its counterterrorism mission focus beyond terrorists operating abroad, to include those radicalized to violence within our borders by violent extremists of any ideology."

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The Department of Homeland Security has reaffirmed that white supremacy is “major issue of our time,” and a primary threat to national security, The New York Times reports.
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