The Biden administration announced their plans to create ways Americans can report family and friends who are radicalized to the government to fight domestic terrorism.
One senior administration official explained the importance of stopping politically fueled before it starts in conversation with reporters.
“We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs,” the official said.
The Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” was cited as a campaign to stop radical Islami Terror as a domestic possibility.
“This involves creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence,” the official said.
A stark warning was sent with Biden’s inauguration speech, “rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.” Then on June 1, Biden said “white supremacy” is the “most lethal threat to the homeland today.”
The Biden administration said it would also work with large technology companies on “increased information sharing” to help combat radicalization.
“Any particular tech company often knows its platform very well,” the official noted. “But the government sees things — actually, threats of violence — across platforms. They see the relationship between online recruitment, radicalization, and violence in the physical world.”
The Department of Homeland Security also plans to deploy “digital literacy” and “digital fitness” programs to help combat “malicious content online that bad actors deliberately try to disseminate.”
The administration’s new strategies will be “laser-focused” to eliminate violent acts, the official said to reassure reporters.
“This is a strategy that is agnostic as to political ideology or off the spectrum,” the official said. “What matters is when individuals take their political or other grievances and turn that — unacceptably, unlawfully — into violent action.”
The official added the threat of domestic terrorism is being taken seriously, and intelligence agencies would redirect on internal threats.
“We are investing many agencies of the government and resourcing them appropriately and asking our citizens to participate,” the official said. “Because, ultimately, this is really about homeland security being a responsibility of each citizen of our country to help us achieve.”