September 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

UNITED STATES, [US]--The criminal charges coming out of the Charlottesville, Va., last month, may perfectly describe the offenses – murder, discharging a firearm, malicious wounding – but the term terrorism is not mentioned. The United States doesn’t have a domestic terrorism charge that can be lodged against individuals or organizations that operate wholly within the country. The FBI doesn’t have a unit specifically dedicated to tracking the violent extreme right. In September, the Justice Department’s State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT) program, which has trained more than 142,000 law enforcement officers in how to deal with domestic terrorists, will run out of funding. It received $2 million annually over the past three years, but the Trump administration requested no funding and Congress so far has agreed. "A domestic terrorism statute, that’s something Congress could deal with when they come back next week," said David Schanzer, a Duke University expert on domestic terrorism and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. "These crimes do more in terms of the impact on the community, creation of fear, intimidation, than other crimes. That should be acknowledged." Congress spends a lot of time and effort debating strategies for combating terrorism, but those debates center mostly on international terrorism. View More>>

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