FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that the agency has made about 100 domestic terrorism-related arrests since October, and the majority were tied to white supremacy.
”I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well,” Wray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, referring to cases in fiscal 2019, which began Oct. 1.
The FBI is “aggressively” investigating domestic terrorism and hate crimes, Wray said, noting that the bureau is focused on investigating the violence, not the ideology motivating the attacks.
Wray distinguished between what he termed homegrown violent extremism, wording he said the FBI uses to refer to people in United States who are inspired by global jihadists, and domestic extremism, which Wray described as broader to include racially motivated extremists, anarchists and others.
The number of domestic terrorism arrests are on par with the amount international terrorism cases, according to Wray.
“In terms of number of arrests, we have through the third quarter of this fiscal year had about give or take 100 arrests on the international terrorism side, which includes the homegrown violent extremism,” Wray told Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at the hearing. “We’ve also had just about the same number — again, don’t quote me to the exact digit — on the domestic terrorism side.”
Durbin used his time to zero in on the threat of white supremacist- and white nationalist-motivated violence. Several high-profile domestic crimes in recent years have been tied to white supremacists, including the death of a counterprotester at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017.
Speaking of Charlottesville, it is also a fact that when Nazis and KKK showed up to rally in that Virginia town and murder and injure innocent people, their Cult Leader in Chief described the people marching under the banner of the swastika as “very fine people”, a description the Cult simultaneously denies and embraces, because they are liars, like their Cult Leader.Now the Nazis and KKK weirdos are on the march again. This time it is the Virginia State Capitol, to tell the state of Virginia that Nazis and KKK love them their guns and will threaten with violence anybody who thinks it is crazy to let Nazis and KKK have guns.
Virginia responded by declaring a state of emergency–because armed Nazis and KKK whack jobs were coming to the capitol. Some of the everlasting excuse makers for armed right wing whack job offered excuses like, “What about me? What about my needs? Me. Me. Me. My gun! My rights! Me! Me! MEEEEEE!!!” without giving a single thought to the fact that Nazis and KKK nuts were coming to the capitol to threaten innocent people with the same death and mayhem they inflicted at Charlottesville–because the Gun Cult always and only thinks about itself and responds to violent weirdos with guns in two ways:
1. By saying “Don’t blame me!” while never ever ever thinking about other people, and
2. By fantasizing about being the hero who guns down the MAGA weirdo he fought to arm after the weirdo starts spraying a mall in El Paso with bullets.
Oh, and of course, the MAGA cultist steadfastly denies that any of this has anything to do with race. The Nazis and KKK who marched under the banner of the swastika and murdered innocents in Charlottesville were just statuary enthusiasts who happened to enjoy Confederate art appreciation. And these same nuts just happen to have picked the national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King to threaten everybody about the need for Nazis and KKK to have guns. What a crazy random happenstance for these people the President of the United States calls “very fine people”.
Rest in Peace, Dr. King. Your non-violent way was Christ’s way and these weirdo devotees of violence and hate will not, in the end, prevail.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Mt 5:9). .