Doug Bedell — June 19, 2021, 8:36 am

Biden Makes It Clear: Domestic Terrorism’s ‘A Stain on Our Soul’


In releasing his strategy against terrorism, President Biden declared that “Domestic terrorism is a stain on the soul of our nation, and a threat to our democracy – we need to confront its rise head-on.”

With memories of the January 6 attack on the capitol still vivid, Biden on June 15 released the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.

“Too often over the past several years,” it declares, “American communities have felt the wrenching pain of domestic terrorism” and cites examples beyond the capitol itself. “This National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism lays out a comprehensive approach to addressing the threat while safeguarding bedrock American civil rights and civil liberties – values that make us who we are as a nation…We cannot ignore this threat or wish it away.”

The 30-page statement has four “core elements”: Understand and share information on the threat of terrorism, prevent terrorists from recruiting and inciting Americans to violence, deter and disrupt terrorist activity before it results in violence, and address “long-term issues that contribute to domestic terrorism.” Racism and bigotry are cited among the threat’s core elements.

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