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A domestic terrorist hunt: Who is going to catch them, and how to make it?

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If the united states is in mourning in the wake of the two deadly mass shootings, which have already been labeled as an act of “terrorism” – the red flags raised whether sufficient resources have been allocated in order to prevent the tragedy.

In the days since the deadly bloodshed in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, a spotlight has shone on the challenges that researchers face in attempting to stop the attack, and even with the fallibilities of the plaintiffs in the identification of the perpetrator as a “terrorist” after the attack.

“Domestic terrorism in the United States, it is not a new thing. One of the earliest of these events occurred in 1910, when the Los Angeles Times building was bombed. We also had a lot of domestic terrorist attacks in the 1970’s, ranging from bombings to hijackings,” Jeffrey Simon, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at UCLA and author of the book “The Alphabet Bomber: is A Lone Wolf, a Terrorist Ahead of his Time,” he told Fox News. “However, the recent rise in domestic terrorist attacks, would lead one to suppose that there is a growing threat.”

The threat was considered to be a number, not a privilege for the federal government in the 1990s, but after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, attention has turned to the fight against international terrorism.

But the world has once again returned to the center stage as a growing concern, law enforcement experts say.

The FBI mandates that the “number one priority” is to protect the United States from terrorist attacks, which he divides into “terrorism” and “domestic terrorism.”

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The latter is officially defined as “committed by individuals and/or groups inspired by, or related to, especially in the US, on the basis of the movements of extremist ideology to espouse a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental in nature.” The political and socially motivated crimes are generally considered to be “domestic terrorism” to occur in the United States, but without any known connection to an outside terrorist group.

“The FBI classifies domestic terrorism threats in four main categories: racist, violent extremism, anti-government, anti-authority, extremism in the animal rights/environmental extremism and abortion extremism,” by Michael McGarrity, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, said in a statement before the House Homeland Security Committee in May. “We expect to see many of the minorities, the government of the United States of america, and to the enforcement of the law will continue to be key objectives for many of the domestic war against terrorism”.

A police officer sets up a road where the police have a search in a suburb of Athens, on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Greek police say they have recaptured a convicted far-left-wing, militant, wanted for more than four years after she disappeared during her trial on domestic terrorism charges.
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The FBI currently has approximately 850 of the domestic terrorism cases, with some forty percent of it is centered on a white nationalist political ideology and violent extremism. 100 arrests on a domestic-terrorism suspects were being made between the months of October and May, according to the FBI, of all places, but the 120 arrests in all of 2018, with 150 in 2017.

In addition, the FBI is also in May it was announced that the domestic and terrorist threats crossing international companies, at the time, 66-63 during the current fiscal year.

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As it stands, which has been accused of supporting a foreign terrorist organization such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda or Hezbollah could be charged with “the provision of a criminal in support of a foreign terrorist organization.” No similar legislation exists for domestic terrorism. In addition, the dark nature of the single-terrorism laws, it means that the offender will not be prosecuted as a “terrorist”, and there is no charge for the help of domestic terrorist organizations.

On the weekend, the horrors have prompted a chorus of critics calling for the involvement of more agencies that would normally be focused on international terrorism, including the CIA and the NSA, to find out more and to be involved in the destruction of the growing domestic terrorism, and white nationalism as a threat. But the idea has met with a backlash by security professionals, that is to say, the private life of the citizens of the US would have to be sacrificed.

“This is dangerous ground, for these agencies, which are usually associated with regard to external security threats,” said Alex del Carmen, a Dean and a Professor of Criminal justice and Strategic Studies at Tarleton State University, located in Fort Worth, Texas. “In my opinion, would be to increase the budget, and the capabilities of local and federal law enforcement agencies.”

And, according to Ryan Mauro, a national security expert and executive director of the Clarion’s Intelligence Network is, for example, the call will more than likely fall on deaf ears.

“I don’t suppose that the CIA’s domestic role. of the reason for the distribution of the range between the FBI and the CIA, it is in the Constitution. The CIA is, of course, has a lot more space to collect information from overseas on non-US. the world’s citizens. It is a different operation, with different rules, and the national role of the CIA in intelligence-gathering or criminal investigation, it would simply be to double the FBI’s efforts,” he said. “If the powers to detect and prevent the extremists will have to be increased, it is likely due to the expansion of the powers of the law enforcement agencies are already involved in the fight against terrorism.”

But even with the powers granted to the domestic agencies have come up with certain restrictions and limitations, and, thus, foiling the attack, is also a challenging environment for the investigation of the murder.

“You have to consider that here we have the Fourth Amendment Rights, and that limits the FBI’s ability to investigate, and we will, of course, abide by the Constitution,” said Gregory Shaffer, a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI and the founder of the Dallas-based Shaffer’s Security Group. “When dealing with international terrorism cases, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge, which is a lot less strict when it comes to obtaining the exercise of the warrants or wiretaps.”

He points out that while it may be an option for the Congress to go take a look at how to allow the FBI to use the same tools to investigate foreign terrorism cases, it is a “slippery slope,” if all the people in the united states of america shall have the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

“The enforcement of the law, and the social media platforms that also need to work hand-in-hand,” Shaffer continued. “Then, there is the fundamental question to be addressed by the military and the NYPD, for example, is three times the size of the FBI, who is supposed to preside over the country as a whole.”

With the proliferation of the internet has enabled individuals to fly relatively under the radar with their interests and beliefs and hateful dogma. The El Paso shooting that claimed at least 22 lives – are said to have had a presence on the site, 8chan, which has come under fire in the past. The shooter was also to be used in the site are of a white supremacy manifest in the Hispanic-majority border between Mexico and the city before embarking on a shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso on a Saturday morning.

While it was announced on Monday, 8chan would have to be closed, and enforcement of the law has long complained about the size of this forum, and the difficulties in being able to identify the non-authenticated users, and the effectiveness of the threats and rhetoric.

“The level of copy-cat crimes, it is a very, very strong, and we will continue to see more of this type of crime, and for that reason it is really important that you don’t have to provide a platform for hateful ideology. We are only beginning to understand how white supremacy and homegrown terrorists of this type of work, and we need to be on top of it quickly,” said Anne Speckhard, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and director of the International Centre for the Study of Violent Extremism. “All of the major internet-based platforms also have a responsibility to stop the spread of hate and inciting to violence and extremism. Social media, increases the hatred, and the youth can easily be caught up.”

Pedestrians start their morning under the watchful eye of surveillance cameras in Times Square in New York city, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2011. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD has grown to become one of the most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies, targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if offered by the federal government. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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del Carmen has been added to the spread of homegrown terrorists-have, in essence, a “call to arms”, is an ego-driven effort to make the dangerous ideology, and to encourage copycat killings.

“What is most concerning to me is that the manifesto is an invitation to others to be a part of this movement,” he said. “And it’s very, very difficult for law enforcement to stop future acts of violence, it is, statistically speaking, it is not possible for the enforcement of this act, to be present for the entire time. It’s the best thing we can do is to engage in discussions related to the issues and, hopefully, we can win the hearts and minds of the people inside of it.”

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It was also pointed out that what separates the domestic terrorism, mass murders, and other crimes, in essence, the ideology behind it, and he said that there are a lot of efforts in the fight against terrorism, but the means are lacking.

“We don’t hear about it because the media doesn’t pay much attention to the foiled plots and arrests for crimes that are not directly related to the most violent areas. But, like the Islamic extremism, the FBI, the official line is that it is the crime, not the ideology,” he said. “That, coupled with a lack of resources, making it a very difficult task for the FBI and other agencies in order to identify the most likely violent and criminal actors within the radical pool.

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And, together with the required asset, an out-of-the-box thinking is needed, according to the experts in the field.

“We need to anticipate and be creative, thinking, trying to figure out what the terrorists are doing. But, unfortunately, we can’t expect to ‘defeat’ terrorism, since terrorism can be a person with a bomb for a reason,” Simon added. “The goal should be to make it more difficult for terrorists to succeed in their plans. This is the most important part of a good security as well as intelligence.”

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