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Tue Feb 23, 2021, 06:53 AM

FBI Agents Association: Make domestic terrorism a federal crime

Brian O’Hare
Opinion contributor

... The FBI Agents Association supports a law that creates penalties for those violent acts that meet the definition of domestic terrorism already included in the federal criminal code.

As an FBI special agent, I have spent many of my 21 years investigating domestic terrorism matters. I know making domestic terrorism a federal crime is important. It would offer an additional tool and increase the effectiveness of law enforcement personnel dedicated to protecting the public.

... we are not seeking a law that would change or expand law enforcement’s investigative or surveillance authorities. And we do not support the designation of groups as domestic terrorist organizations. Making domestic terrorism a federal crime would not result in the targeting of specific ideas or groups. Rather, it would target acts of violence that have no place in the political discourse secured by our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Law enforcement agencies are already authorized to investigate allegations and incidents of domestic terrorism. However, prosecutors can’t charge domestic terrorism the same way they’d charge kidnapping or bank robbery, because there is no penalty. Prosecutors are left searching for related violations where penalties exist, like weapons or narcotics violations ...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2021/02/22/make-domestic-terrorism-federal-crime-fbi-agents-association-editorials-debates/4536043001/

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Tue Feb 23, 2021, 07:06 AM

1. When is it not?

What acts of violence are not already crimes?

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Tue Feb 23, 2021, 07:23 AM

2. More info

In 2019, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, introduced the Confronting the Threat of Domestic Terrorism Act, which would apply some legal penalties connected to international terrorism to domestic crimes if committed in a manner consistent with the federal domestic terrorism definition.

The American Civil Liberties Union opposed the legislation, which was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, with the concern it could be used to target people of color and marginalized communities. Op-eds in the Washington Post and New York Times also pushed back on Schiff’s legislation, highlighting enhanced punishment available through existing federal statutes and hate crime laws.

The FBI Agents Association came out in support of the Domestic Terrorism Penalties Act of 2019, introduced by U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas. Weber’s legislation would criminalize domestic terrorism, using the framework established for international terrorism.

“Acts of violence intended to intimidate civilian populations or to influence or affect government policy should be prosecuted as domestic terrorism regardless of the ideology behind them,” FBIAA President Brian O'Hare said in an August 2019 statement.

https://www.uticaod.com/story/news/local/2021/02/18/how-does-fbi-define-domestic-terorrism-capitol-rioters-no-federal-statute-first-amendment/6656396002/

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Tue Feb 23, 2021, 10:28 AM

3. This will not turn out the way we think.

This will be used much like Regan going after the Black Panthers and less with RWNG’s. Every demonstration will be an act of domestic terror every march every protest. Be wary of giving any LEO’s more opportunities to show who is in charge. The fight should be remove qualified immunity first so when civil rights are violated law enforcement is able to be held accountable.

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