DOJ Drafting Law Which Will Make Domestic Terrorism A Crime, Because It’s Not Already
New Law Could Make Domestic Terrorism Its Own Crime
Prior to the domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville, 2017 has seen an enormous increase in domestic terrorism. It seems the politics have taken a turn and people think that it’s okay to commit acts of violence against people who oppose their political beliefs.
A large number of these domestic terrorist attacks are being committed by Antifa against law enforcement and anybody perceived to be a supporter of President Trump, in addition to victimizing nearby property owners.
The spike in violence and vandalism has resulted in calls for Antifa to be labeled as a domestic terrorist organization. Unfortunately, with current laws, that designation wouldn’t really do much.
There is currently no federal law which explicitly covers domestic terrorism, only the related acts of violence. For years, the DOJ has been drafting a law to change that, but it hasn’t gone anywhere.
Mary McCord, former acting head of the DOJ National Security Deivision told Huffington Post, “To my mind, with domestic terrorists, there should at least be the option of prosecuting them for domestic terrorism, and putting it on that sort of moral equivalence to international terrorism,” McCord said. “Because that’s what it is ― it’s an act of violence that is done with the intent to intimidate or coerce the population, influence government policy or the conduct of government ― and that’s what international terrorists are also trying to do.”
Outside of Antifa, a domestic terrorism charge could have been appropriate for Dylann Roof, if such a charge had existed. Instead, Roof was charged with hate crime charges.
White supremacist organizations may not currently be as active as Antifa in attacking police, but they have a longer history of violence. White supremacists killed 49 people in 26 separate attacks from 2000 to 2016, whereas Antifa hasn’t been successful in killing anybody in the U.S. yet.
This should be a bipartisan issue, and maybe now is the time for these law to be implemented.
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