Homeland security to review extremism within agency

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The move is part of a broader administration focus on domestic threats following the January 6 Capitol storming by supporters of Former President Donald Trump…reports Asian Lite News

The Department of Homeland Security has announced an internal review to assess the threat of violent extremism from within the agency, media reported.

The move is part of a broader administration focus on domestic threats following the January 6 Capitol storming by supporters of Former President Donald Trump.

According to reports, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has announced that the review is aimed at preventing, detecting and responding to extremism within the ranks of a sprawling agency that includes the Coast Guard and the nation’s immigration enforcement organizations.

DHS, which was formed in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, calls domestic violent extremism the “most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat” facing the nation following a series of deadly incidents in recent years, it was reported.

“As we work to safeguard our nation, we must be vigilant in our efforts to identify and combat domestic violent extremism within both the broader community and our own organisation,” reports quoted Mayorkas as saying.

DHS plans in the coming days to issue new policies for reporting internal threats and suspected extremism.

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