DHS Launches Department-Wide Review to ‘Identify and Combat’ Extremists in Its Ranks

Craig Bannister | April 27, 2021 | 3:33pm EDT
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“Domestic violent extremism poses the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to our country today,” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas declared Monday, ordering a department-wide probe to ferret out extremists in the DHS.

Citing “The January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol,” Sec. Mayorkas said that the DHS must “identify and combat domestic violent extremism” within its own ranks:

“Recent events, including the January 6th attacks on the U.S. Capitol, have highlighted that domestic violent extremism poses the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to our country today. Addressing this threat is an urgent priority of the Biden-Harris Administration and of this Department. We will continue to work with our partners to immediately address it. As we work to safeguard the Nation and our values, we must be vigilant in our efforts to identify and combat domestic violent extremism within both the broader community and our own organization. Violent extremism has no place at DHS and we will work with urgency and focus to address it.

“Given the evolving threat landscape and the grave risks posed by domestic violent extremism, including to our employees and operations, I have directed the Department to immediately begin a review of how to best prevent, detect, and respond to domestic violent extremism threats within DHS. The team managing this internal effort, led by our Chief Security Officer, will report back to me with its recommendations.”

DHS leadership will provide the department’s employees with information on how they can accuse their co-workers by utilizing “mechanisms for reporting insider threats and other actions associated with domestic violent extremism.”

“We will not allow hateful acts or violent extremism to penetrate the fabric of our Department and fundamentally compromise our ability to protect the Homeland,” Sec. Mayorkas said.


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