In April, Homeland Security Disbanded Unit Meant To Fight Domestic Terrorism
In April, the Department of Homeland Security dissolved a team of intelligence analysts fighting against domestic terrorism, according to The Daily Beast.
The move has caused the number of DHS analytic reports on domestic terrorism, including the threat of white supremacist organizations, to drop significantly.
Both former and current DHS officials have expressed concern in the wake of the news, citing the fast-growing nature of homegrown terrorism.
“It’s especially problematic given the growth in right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism we are seeing in the U.S. and abroad,” one former intelligence official said to the The Daily Beast.
The DHS group affected was a branch within the DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Their work focused on the threat posed by domestic, violent extremists and communicated with state and local law enforcement to assist them in identifying and preventing these threats.
But as the Trump administration's new I&A chief, David Glawe, reorganized the office, the analysts of the branch in question were reassigned to new positions. The administrative changes occurred last year, but were not previously reported.
“We’ve noticed I&A has significantly reduced their production on homegrown violent extremism and domestic terrorism while those remain among the most serious terrorism threats to the homeland,” one DHS official said.