September 27, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON, [DC]--The FBI has about 1,000 open investigations into potential domestic terrorists, including people who may be linked to extremist white supremacy, white nationalism and environmental movements, the agency's new chief, Christopher Wray, told Congress today. During his first testimony as FBI director, Wray said domestic terrorism is “a very, very serious” matter that the investigative agency spends “a lot of our time focused on.” "We have about 1,000 open domestic-terrorism investigations as we speak," Wray told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. In the past year alone, 176 people in the U.S. have been arrested on suspicion of links to domestic terrorism, he said. He noted that while there are no laws specifically focused on domestic terrorism, as there are for internationally-linked terrorism, federal authorities are able to charge domestic terrorism suspects with other offenses, such as for weapons violations. He said the FBI’s 1,000 or so investigations into potential domestic terrorists are in addition to about the same number of probes by the FBI into “homegrown violent extremists” such as those who may be inspired by ISIS. View More>>

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