White supremacist extremism is "a persistent, pervasive threat" for U.S. law enforcement, both for domestic terrorism and hate crime task forces, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
"The danger, I think, of white supremacists, violent extremism or any other kind of violent extremism is of course significant," Wray told a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday. "We assess that it is a persistent, pervasive threat.
"We tackle it both through our joint terrorism task forces on the domestic terrorism side as well as through our civil rights program on the criminal side through hate crime enforcement."
The FBI does not see white supremacist extremism as structured or organized domestically, however, which can further the challenges to address it, according to Wray.
"As to whether I would see any significant difference or trend there, or whether it's changing, I think I would say in general, domestic terrorism in this country has changed in the sense it's less structured, less organized, fewer groups – more uncoordinated, one-off individuals as opposed to some structured hierarchy," Wray said. "And that presents its own share of challenges."
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