Democrat Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Durbin of Illinois urged the Justice Department and FBI to deal with the threat of white nationalism with the same intensity the agencies used against international terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks, The Washington Post is reporting.
Their request was made in a letter sent Thursday to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray. It came after 31 people were killed last weekend in mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
The senators claimed a “growing” domestic terrorism threat. They said one of the weekend attacks was reportedly carried out by a “white man motivated by racist and anti-immigrant hatred.”
The Post noted authorities are investigating the man accused in the El Paso, Texas shooting and checking a manifesto posted online that railed against immigrants.
“It is clear that violent white supremacists are the most significant domestic terrorism threat facing our nation today,” Booker and Durbin wrote to Barr. “And, yet, Mr. Attorney General, as far as we can tell, you have not uttered a single word in public about this grave threat to American security since you became our nation’s top law enforcement officer.”
And they told both Barr and Wray: “After the horrific September 11th terrorist attacks, your agencies shifted focus from investigating and prosecuting international terrorism attacks after the fact to disrupting and preventing attacks before they took place,” the lawmakers wrote. “The American people expect you to attack white supremacist terrorism with the same dogged and single-minded approach.”
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