I think I know why.
Courtesy of ABC News:
House Democrats grilled officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security in a Tuesday hearing focused on how the Trump administration is addressing the growing threat of violent white supremacist extremists.
The House Oversight subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties hearing, titled ‘Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response,’ was the latest effort by Democrats to spotlight ways they say the Trump administration has systematically cut back on resources used to address threats from domestic extremists even as the FBI has reported a 30-40% rise in domestic terrorism cases just since October.
Federal officials in attendance at Tuesday’s hearing included FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity, FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Criminal Investigations Calvin Shivers and DHS Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Neumann.
Committee chairman Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., opened the hearing by raising issue with the amount of resources he says the FBI devotes towards investigating cases of international terrorism versus domestic terrorism.
Citing figures from the Anti-Defamation League, Raskin noted that from 2009-2018, far-right extremism was responsible for 73% of extremist murders, while international terrorism was responsible for 23% of terrorism deaths.
“The FBI has testified the bureau allocates its resources almost exactly backwards than the problem would suggest,” Raskin said. “Devoting 80% of field agents to stopping international terrorism including Islamic extremism and only 20% to stopping domestic terrorism including far right and white supremacist extremism.”
The FBI guy tried to defend his department by saying that they had disrupted a number of potential domestic terrorist attacks and arrested over a hundred subjects before they became violent.
He also pointed out that these arrests far outweigh the number arrested to disrupt international terrorist attacks.
Which to my mind just reinforces why they need more resources to focus on what is clearly a growing problem.
The DHS Assistant Secretary admitted that they need more resources:
“We know we’re not doing enough,” Neumann said. “Things haven’t been institutionalized. In order for government to work, we have to institutionalize it, you either need to authorize it through Congress or you need to get it in executive order or national security presidential memoranda.”
However, we know why that executive order will not be coming anytime soon:
Following the terror attack on several mosques in New Zealand in March carried out by an alleged white supremacist, President Donald Trump told reporters he didn’t see white nationalism as a rising threat to the U.S.
Simply put Trump sees white supremacists as his base, and not as a potential threat to the citizens of this country.
It’s kind of like asking Adolph Hitler to do something about those pesky Nazis.
Nothing is really going to change on this front so long as he is in office.