President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that it will create a new unit to address domestic terrorism.
Testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen revealed the change during his opening statement before the Committee.
“The number of FBI investigations over the past two years since March 2020 has more than doubled.”
“The attacks in recent years underscore the threat that domestic terrorism continues to pose to our citizens, to law enforcement officers, to public officials, and to our democratic institutions,” Olsen continued. “Based on the assessment of the intelligence community, we face an elevated threat from domestic violent extremists.”
Who Are the Domestic Terrorists?
The announcement leads to concerns about the definition of a domestic terrorist in a turbulent year following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The Biden administration has sought to label many Americans as domestic terrorists who were part of the crowd on Jan. 6 but had no part in entering the Capitol building or other illegal actions.
In addition, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a letter last year that addressed parents voicing views at school board meetings as potential domestic terror threats, a controversial move that received much push back from conservatives and other Americans.
“Outrageous! This administration is in a full-time, relentless Psy-Ops campaign against the American people,” journalist Lou Dobbs said in response.
Outrageous! This administration is in a full-time, relentless Psy-Ops campaign against the American people: DOJ unveils new domestic terror unit as U.S. faces ‘persistent and evolving’ threats a year after Jan. 6, officials warn https://t.co/ItPRefS1p8 #TheGreatAmericaShow
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) January 11, 2022
Many Americans are concerned the new domestic terror unit will make it easy for the government to classify anyone who disagrees with it as an enemy of the state.
Biden’s Justice Department has created a new domestic terror unit. Effectively, anyone who disagrees with the administration is now an enemy of the state. pic.twitter.com/e2Ndhue5mO
— HPR1161 (@hpr11611) January 11, 2022
The new unit may be controversial, but it has only just been announced. Those who disagree still have an opportunity to speak out against the plans before the unit begins its efforts.