Department of Homeland Security now considers white nationalism to be terrorist threat

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 23rd, 2019 12:52 pm

Last Updated Nov 18th, 2019 at 9:47 am

The Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday as part of its new counterterrorism strategy that it is worried about the threat of white nationalism within the U.S.

“While the threat posed by foreign terrorist organizations like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda persists, we are acutely aware of the growing threat from enemies, both foreign and domestic, who seek to incite violence in our Nation’s youth, disenfranchised, and disaffected, in order to attack their fellow citizens and fray at the seams of our diverse social fabric,” said Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan. “This awareness, coupled with the history of recent tragedies, has galvanized the Department of Homeland Security to expand its counterterrorism mission focus beyond terrorists operating abroad, to include those radicalized to violence within our borders by violent extremists of any ideology.”

The department also laid out four major counterterrorism goals as part of its Strategic Framework for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence:

  • Understand the changing terrorism and targeted violence landscape
  • Prevent hostile actors from entering the U.S.
  • Prevent terrorism and targeted violence
  • Increase protections and community readiness


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