Friday, January 15, 2021

White supremacy globally

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives announced today that LTG Honoré will be tasked to review security at the Capitol.

Lawfare has a piece today by Steven Stransky, The 2021 NDAA, White Supremecy and Domestic Extremism .

In early January, Congress overcame a presidential veto and enacted the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2021 (NDAA). The NDAA includes important requirements for how federal agencies address white supremacy and domestic terrorism, which has been brought to the forefront again in light of the recent siege on Capitol Hill. For instance, the NDAA includes provisions mandating certain departments and agencies develop new strategies and implement new programs to better evaluate, analyze and counter white supremacy abroad, especially with respect to how Moscow supports these and other racially and ethnically motivated terrorists (REMT).

However, the NDAA omits two proposals related to domestic terrorism that were included in earlier versions of the bill. One would have created a national commission on U.S. counterterrorism policy, and the other would have developed a comprehensive report on domestic terrorist risks and threats.

He discusses a 2020 effort by the U.S. State Department to address white supremacist activity outside the United States as a global issue.

He recommends while recognizing constitutional and legal limitations that,

The Biden administration should consider using its existing authorities to implement (with some amendment) both proposals as part of its broader framework to combat white supremacy and domestic extremism.

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