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US failing to quell troubling rise in domestic terrorism: report

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2022-12-02 06:35

Law enforcement officials are seen at the scene of a mass shooting at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, US, May 15, 2022. [Photo/VCG]

The US government is not adequately addressing a "persistent and lethal threat" of domestic terrorism, The Guardian reported on Tuesday, citing a report released by a Senate committee in November.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs spent three years investigating domestic terrorism, predominantly perpetrated by white supremacists and anti-government extremists, and the federal response.

It found the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security have "failed to systematically track and report data on domestic terrorism incidents" and have not allocated adequate resources to countering the threat.

The FBI and DHS have identified domestic terrorism as the "most persistent and lethal terrorist threat" to the US, the committee said.

But the federal government has continued to allocate resources "disproportionately" on international terrorist threats, the investigation found.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, from 2012 to 2021 domestic extremists were responsible for 443 deaths, with over 50 percent of the deaths caused by white supremacists.

There were 110 domestic terrorist plots and attacks in 2020, compared with 65 such cases in 2019 and 70 in 2017, the report said citing a 2021 Center for Strategic and International Studies study.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, a nongovernmental organization, 333 were killed by right-wing extremists over the last 10 years, with 244 of those killings taking place at the hands of white supremacists.

Black Americans have increasingly found themselves the target of hate crimes. Hate crimes against Black Americans rose by 46 percent between 2019 and 2020, the New York Times reported.

Between Jan 4 and Feb 16, 57 historically Black colleges and houses of worship were targeted by bomb threats, according to a statement from the FBI.

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