Domestic terrorism represents growing threat to United States

Domestic terrorism represents growing threat to United States
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[Ed. – Only since Jan. 6, however. The wanton destruction and violence that consumed U.S. cities over the summer were peaceful protests.]

Violent riots at the U.S. Capitol aimed at disrupting the transition of power represent the clearest example for experts warning that domestic terrorism has become the most pressing threat facing the United States.

Following the 9/11 attacks, the United States made responding to foreign terrorism its top mission. But national security experts and elected officials believe domestic terrorists are not being treated with the same urgency, contributing to a rise in anti-government extremists who organized armed protests inside Michigan’s state Capitol, a plot to kidnap the governor and violent riots at the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, identified domestic terrorism as the greatest national security threat facing the United States. The former CIA and Pentagon official served multiple tours in Iraq studying militia groups and said Wednesday’s attempt to overturn the election is a “textbook case” of extremists using violence to achieve a political goal.

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