President Biden’s Justice Department is establishing a new unit dedicated to domestic terrorism. Matthew Olsen, the assistant attorney general for national security, announced the new DOJ unit to lawmakers as he noted the number of domestic terror investigations launched by the FBI has more than doubled since March 2020.
The Hill reports:
“I decided to establish a domestic terrorism unit to augment our existing approach,” Olsen said.
“This group of dedicated attorneys will focus on the domestic terrorism threat, helping to ensure that these cases are handled properly and effectively coordinated across the Department of Justice and across the country.”
Olsen said the U.S. continues to face an elevated threat from domestic violent extremists.
“We’ve seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” he said.