Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Department of Justice Rolls Out New “Domestic Terrorism” Division

On January 11, 2020, the Department of Justice announced that it’s establishing a new “domestic terrorism” division to tackle a perceived rise in right-wing extremism throughout America.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen announced the establishment of this new division during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Laura Widener of Military Times noted that the testimony was mostly centered on the perceived domestic terrorism threat that has allegedly lingered in the year following the January 6, 2021 protests in the U.S. Capitol.

“I have decided to establish a domestic terrorism unit to augment our existing approach. This group of dedicated attorneys will focus on the domestic terrorism threat helping to ensure these cases are handled properly and effectively coordinated across the Department of Justice and across the country,” Olsen said to elected officials.

Olsen believes there is a “growing threat” of individuals who are primarily inspired by “racial animus” and “extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies.” In Olsen’s view, these new “threats” justify the creation of a new anti-domestic terror division.