New Report Warns of Rising Threat of Domestic Terrorism 美國國內恐怖 威脅升高
A new intelligence report delivered to Congress recently by the Biden administration warned about the rising threat of militias and white supremacists, adding urgency to calls for more resources to fight the growing problem of homegrown extremism in the United States.
In particular, the intelligence assessment highlighted the threat from militias, predicting that it would be elevated in the coming months because of "contentious sociopolitical factors," likely a reference to the fallout from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob and the increasingly partisan political climate.
Racially motivated violent extremists, such as white supremacists, were most likely to conduct mass casualty attacks against civilians, while militias typically targeted law enforcement and government personnel and facilities, the report said. Lone offenders or small cells of extremists were more likely than organizations to carry out attacks, it said.
President Joe Biden requested the comprehensive threat assessment shortly after he took office in the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, which laid bare the toxic domestic extremism that has shaken the country. Only the brief executive summary was declassified and made public; a classified version was sent to Congress and the White House.
The top-line assessment echoed earlier analyses by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warning of the looming dangers of domestic terrorism, including after followers of former President Donald Trump embraced his baseless claims of election fraud. An internal FBI report that appeared to have been compiled before Jan. 6 and was published days after the breach predicted the violence to come, saying the events in 2020 were "likely to embolden U.S. domestic violent extremists in 2021."
The Homeland Security Department also previously issued a rare terrorism bulletin warning that extremists continue to be galvanized over "the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives," a clear reference to Trump's false accusations that the election was stolen.
"The Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and on American democracy is a searing example of this threat," Mayorkas said.
The FBI said in statement that the "threat is persistent and evolving."
EPA to Review Attacks on Science Under Trump 干預科學研究 拜登清算川普
The Biden administration is taking the unusual step of making a public accounting of the Trump administration's political interference in science, drawing up a list of dozens of regulatory decisions that may have been warped by political interference in objective research.
The effort could buttress efforts to unwind pro-business regulations of the past four years, while uplifting science staff battered by four years of disregard. It is particularly explicit at the Environmental Protection Agency, where President Joe Biden's political appointees said they felt that an honest accounting of past problems was necessary to assure career scientists that their findings would no longer be buried or manipulated.
In a blunt memo last month, one senior Biden appointee said political tampering under the Trump administration had "compromised the integrity" of some agency science. She cited specific examples, such as political leaders discounting studies that showed the harm of dicamba, a popular weedkiller that has been linked to cancer and subsequently ruling that its effectiveness outweighed its risks.
The broader list of decisions where staff say scientific integrity was violated is expected to reach about 90 items. It currently includes well-known controversies like the ricochet of decisions around Pebble Mine, a proposed copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region, as well as rulings around relatively obscure toxic chemicals.
"Manipulating, suppressing, or otherwise impeding science has real-world consequences for human health and the environment," the EPA administrator, Michael Regan, said in an agencywide email message . "When politics drives science rather than science informing policy, we are more likely to make policy choices that sacrifice the health of the most vulnerable among us."
He asked employees to bring "any items of concern" to the agency's scientific integrity officials or the independent inspector general and pledged to encourage "the open exchange of differing scientific and policy positions."
President Donald Trump's well-documented attacks on science include doctoring a map with a black Sharpie to avoid acknowledging that he was wrong about the path of a hurricane and then pressuring scientists to back his false claim; meddling in federal coronavirus research; and pressuring regulators to approve COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. Those actions provoked bipartisan concern during his administration.