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Confronting White Supremacy (Part II): Adequacy of the Federal Response

Date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 2:00pm
Location: 
2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Confronting White Supremacy (Part II): Adequacy of the Federal Response

CHAIRMAN RASKIN'S OPENING STATEMENT

PURPOSE

  • The hearing will examine the efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to combat white supremacist extremist violence, including their budgets and allocations of personnel, data collection practices, and strategic plans. 

  • In 2018, there were 50 domestic extremist murders, all of which were committed by perpetrators with ties to right-wing extremists, and 78% of which were committed by white supremacists.  Right-wing extremism is also responsible for 73% of extremist killings over the last decade, compared to 23% for Islamist extremism and 3% for left-wing extremism.  The FBI also found a 17% increase in reported hate crimes in 2017 from the previous year and a 31% increase since 2014.

  • Under the Trump Administration, DHS appears to have significantly reduced resources and infrastructure that would address the increasing threat of white supremacist extremism.  Reportedly, DHS recently disbanded a group of analysts focused on domestic terrorism in the Office of  Intelligence and Analysis, reducing the number of analytic reports on white supremacists.

  • Last month, the Subcommittee held its first hearing on this issue to  examine the rising threat of white supremacist violent extremism in the United States and the impact on communities frequently targeted by white supremacists.  Witnesses included Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer who was killed in Charlottesville, and former DHS official George Selim.

WITNESSES

Panel One

Michael McGarrity
Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Calvin Shivers
Deputy Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Elizabeth Neumann
Assistant Secretary, Threat Prevention and Security Policy
Department of Homeland Security

Panel Two

Tony McAleer
Co-Founder
Life After Hate

Lecia Brooks
Outreach Director
Southern Poverty Law Center

Brette Steele
Director of Prevention and National Security
McCain Institute for International Leadership
Arizona State University

Todd Bensman
Former Manager, Couterterrorism Unit
Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division
Texas Department of Public Safety

 

116th Congress