Restore Staff To Unit Tracking Right Wing White Terrorist in Homeland Security
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In light of the recent, horrific and preventable terrorist attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, South Carolina, it has come to our attention that the President of the United States and the US Congress, despite warnings, moved to reduce the staff of the unit tasked with tracking white right wing extremist and potential terrorists down to only one person. This move to eviscerate the unit at Homeland Security happened early in the President's administration during his first term.
Besides the loss of innocent lives in this brazen and callous attack on a church, the most tragic thing is that this attack might have been prevented if Homeland Security had been allowed to do its job and assured the manpower needed to track these individuals and organizations. Dylan Storm Roof was very active online, he maintained a website and published a manifesto prior to launching his attack. Being that he was active online, it is reasonable to believe if fully funded and staffed, the unit looking for and tracking people like Dylan Storm Roof may have been able to alert the proper authorities and prevent the taking of nine innocent lives.
Besides the attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015, black churches were attacked in Memphis, Tennessee and in Richmond, Virginia, areas know for white right wing extremism. The following Wednesday night the very next week, a Black church was intentionally set on fire causing major damage in Charlotte, NC. North Carolina was once known for the largest number of card carrying potential terrorists with membership in the KKK and where Dylan Storm was caught.
The FBI's response to these terrorist attacks is unacceptable. Immediately following the attack on Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church FBI Director James Comey who took over in 2013, declared Roof's terrorist act to not be terrorism despite the killers words and manifesto about why he targeted Black people. We have no confidence in Mr. Comey's ability to go after right wing terrorist like the FBI has gone after Muslims.
We demand that the domestic terrorism analysis unit of Homeland Security have its staff fully restored and we demand the resignation of FBI Director James Comey. President Obama once said he is the president of "all Americans" but he has failed terribly in protecting all Americans. It is time to correct this fatal mistake.
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