FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in front of Congress on Tuesday that domestic terror threats that include racism and hatred of the federal government have “exploded” in the United States since early 2020.
“Since the spring of 2020, so for the past 16, 18 months or so, we have more than doubled our domestic terrorism caseload from about 1,000 to around 2,700 investigations, and we have surged personnel to match, more than doubling the amount of people working that threat than the year before,” Wray claimed during his testimony in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on threats to the homeland.
“Certainly, the domestic terrorism caseload has exploded, and meanwhile the international terrorism caseload hasn’t subsided,” Wray contended during questioning from senators.
“Terrorism moves at the speed of social media,” Wray informed the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “You have the ability of lone actors, disgruntled in one part of the country to spin up similar like-minded individuals in other parts of the country and urge them into action.”
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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas agreed with Wray that social media is a “terrain that can so easily propagate misinformation, false information and allow communications to occur among loosely affiliated individuals.”
Wray further elaborated during questioning from Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).
“The first bucket, the homegrown violent extremists, has been humming along fairly consistently at about 1,000 investigations – sometimes a little more sometimes a little less – over the last few years,” he explained. “The domestic violent extremists’ bucket, had been going up quite significantly over the last few years, which is why we’re now at 2,700 domestic terrorism investigations when if you went back two and a half years ago we’re probably more about 1,000 So it’s been a really significant jump there.”
Wray specifically noted that the “biggest chunk” of racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism is now “favoring white supremacy.”
“We collect information about that threat. We have, as you say, prioritized that threat at a national threat priority level,” Wray stated concerning a threat that few Americans see or believe is a major issue. Politically, however, the Democrats have ostensibly seized on the “white supremacy” theme as a justification for going after Americans.
The FBI director added that officials are “concerned that with developments in Afghanistan, among other things… I think we anticipate, unfortunately, growth in both categories as we look ahead, over the next couple years.”
Wray’s current testimony comes a year after he initially testified that racially motivated violent extremism was the primary issue that was being pursued within FBI domestic terrorism cases. It also occurs as the FBI and the left are still fixated on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Wray and the FBI are calling that event domestic terrorism but they are notably not addressing the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots that erupted across the nation in a similar fashion last year.
“Overall, the FBI assesses that the January 6th siege of the Capitol Complex demonstrates a willingness by some to use violence against the government in furtherance of their political and social goals,” Wray posited in written testimony provided to the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “This ideologically motivated violence — domestic terrorism — underscores the symbolic nature of the National Capital Region and the willingness of some Domestic Violent Extremists to travel to events in this area and violently engage law enforcement and their perceived adversaries.”
The FBI, he asserted, “will continue to work to hold accountable those individuals who participated in the violent breach of the Capitol on January 6th and any others who attempt to use violence to intimidate, coerce, or influence the American people or affect the conduct of our government.”
Wray noted that over the past several years, the FBI has thwarted potential terrorist attacks in at least seven cities, including Las Vegas, Tampa, New York, Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
He also mentioned “a sharp and deeply disturbing uptick in violence against the law enforcement community.” Wray commented that in just the past eight months, 52 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty.
Many Americans have lost all faith in the FBI and see them more as an enforcement arm for the Democrats than a protective force these days:
Of course. The definition has pretty much been expanded to include anyone that doesn’t think like they’re told to.
— Results May Vary ℹ👾💬 (@Vyxri) September 21, 2021
More like, the definition of domestic terrorist has changed pic.twitter.com/YDgifz5SyD
— ¡Come Mierda Comunistas!🍥Ⓥ 🇨🇺🇺🇸 (@cubanintheUSA) September 21, 2021
By exploded they mean they expanded the definition…
— ﾌ卂匚Ҝ 丂ㄒ尺卂山 🚾🤷♂️🌈 (@JackStr13435605) September 21, 2021
When you expand the definition, that happens.
— Daddy Texas (@Grynch999) September 21, 2021
Had domestic terrorism actually gotten worse, or are they merely broadening the definition to include all Trump voters?
— Brandon (@ran_the_numbers) September 21, 2021
Step one: Radically expand the definition of “domestic terrorism” in order to target people with different political beliefs.
Step two: Announce that domestic terrorism caseload has exploded.
— Ghosts Of Home (@SteelerChris) September 21, 2021
People! Think about what you learned about the FBI just last week from the Nassar case. Apply that new knowledge to this story.
— Name goes here (@ksuwolverine) September 21, 2021
Are they finally looking into those BLM riots? pic.twitter.com/eIkGzkPQMW
— RealJeffGfetus (@RealJeffGfetus) September 21, 2021
Expanding the definition to include conservatives while they allow “mostly peaceful protests” where violence looting arson and takeovers of federal buildings from BLM and Antifa occur and are still happening!!!! Got it.
— McMarketRebel (@market_rebel) September 21, 2021
Of course 99.9% of them turned out to be other feds trying to set someone up.
— Killin Time (@killintime940) September 21, 2021
If they weren’t responsible for nearly every case of domestic terrorism this would mean something.
— Good Boy 🏴☠️✊ (@fullgrownpupper) September 21, 2021
Yes, they must be so busy investigating themselves!
— Steve The Texas Biker 🛡 Southern Born & Bred (@SteveTexasBest) September 21, 2021
Ya, a bunch of glowie larps. pic.twitter.com/knJURaeEIc
— Memee Fu Hao (@MemeeFuHao) September 21, 2021
What they meant to say was: the number of people who oppose their bullshit is going up at dramatic rates… because what’s happening is totally bullshit
— SųnThømas (@StoicThomas) September 21, 2021
Well if you call everyone a terrorist that’s to be expected…
— MUSACCHIO (@MUSACCHIO20) September 21, 2021
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