CNN: FBI Alarmed By Rise In White Supremacist Terror Cases In Recent Months

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 12: An American flag is tied by a rope noose on a tree to protest the Unite the Right 2 rally held in Lafayette Square across from the White House Aug. 12, 2018. (Photo By Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)
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May 23, 2019 3:32 p.m.

Domestic terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists is on the rise, the FBI told CNN on Thursday.

An unnamed senior FBI counterterrorism official told CNN that while terror threats abroad have remained the same, the agency is now dealing with an increase in domestic terror cases in recent months.

The FBI did not tell CNN exactly how many white supremacist-tied terror cases there are. CNN noted that First Amendment protections can complicate crackdowns on domestic terrorism, and there is no law that directly targets domestic terrorism in the U.S.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s administration has hampered the government’s efforts to fight domestic terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security shut down an intel group dedicated to analyzing homegrown terrorists in April, and the administration refused to renew funding for the DHS’s anti-domestic terror program last year.

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