WASHINGTON – Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of State for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will testify before a Senate committee Wednesday about the threat of domestic extremism.
Both cabinet members are due to speak for funding on the issue at a 10 a.m. hearing before the Senate committee.
Your testimony comes when the Department of Homeland Security implemented a new strategy to gather and analyze information about security threats from public social media posts. DHS officials said they are trying to develop an alert system to detect posts similar to those that appeared to be predicting the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
In response to the threats, Garland recently called on Congress to increase funding for the Justice Department to address a number of priorities, including the fight against domestic terrorism.
In addition to foreign terrorism, Garland described domestic terrorism as “an emerging and accelerating threat,” as he testified before the House Appropriations Committee.
“Both forms of terrorism are extremely important to me. We never want to look away from the events of September 11th and the risks our country continues to face from attacks of foreign origin on its home country,” he said. “Likewise, we have a growing fear of domestic violent extremism and domestic terrorism. Both keep me up at night.”
Biden’s budget proposal for 2022 calls on Congress to allocate $ 45 million more to the FBI for investigating domestic terrorism and $ 40 million more to U.S. lawyers to help tackle the growing cases of domestic terrorism.
The hearing takes place more than four months after the January 6 uprising. To date, more than 440 people have been charged with participating in the attack.