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US strategy for countering domestic terrorism

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Washington DC: As domestic terrorism has evolved into the most urgent terrorism threat the United States faces today, the Biden Administration has released the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.  

On his first full day in office, the US President Joe Biden had directed his national security team to lead a 100-day comprehensive review of U.S. Government efforts to address domestic terrorism.

The comprehensive strategy against domestic terrorism, released on Tuesday 15 June, provides a nationwide framework for the U.S. Government and partners to understand and share domestic terrorism related information; prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and mobilization to violence; disrupt and deter domestic terrorism activity; and confront long term contributors to domestic terrorism.

Expert assessment of the domestic terrorism threat provided by the US intelligence and law enforcement communities found two most lethal elements of today’s domestic terrorism threat. They are: 
(1) Racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists who advocate for the superiority of the white race, and 

(2) Anti-government or anti-authority violent extremists, such as militia violent extremists.

To develop a government-wide strategy to counter domestic terrorists, the Biden Administration consulted extensively with a wide array of experts across the U.S. Government as well as with leaders in Congress, state and local governments, academia, civil society, religious communities, and foreign governments.

The US Department of State will continue to assess whether additional foreign entities linked to domestic terrorism can be designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations or Specially Designated Global Terrorists.

The U.S. Government has revamped support to community partners who can help to prevent individuals from ever reaching the point of committing terrorist violence. The U.S. Government will strengthen domestic terrorism prevention resourcesand services. For the first time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated “Domestic Violent Extremism” as a National Priority Area within the Department’s Homeland Security Grant Program, which means that over $77 million will be allocated to state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to prevent, protect against, and respond to domestic violent extremism.

The U.S. Government will improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs.

The U.S. Government will augment its efforts to address online terrorist recruitment and mobilization to violence by domestic terrorists through increased information sharing with the technology sector and the creation of innovative ways to foster digital literacy and build resilience to recruitment and mobilization. 

The U.S. Government will increase support to Federal, state, and local law enforcement in addressing domestic terrorism nationwide. U.S. Attorney’s Offices and FBI field offices across the country have formally made domestic terrorism a top priority and are tracking comprehensively domestic terrorism-related cases, reallocating or requesting appropriate funding and resources as needed to target the threat. That includes over $100 million in additional resources for DOJ, FBI, and DHS included in the President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget to ensure that the Federal Government has the analysts, investigators, prosecutors, and other personnel and resources it needs to thwart domestic terrorism and do justice when the law has been broken.

The U.S. Government is improving employee screening to enhance methods for identifying domestic terrorists who might pose insider threats. The Office of Personnel Management will consider updates to the forms used to apply for sensitive roles in the Federal Government that could assist investigators in identifying potential domestic terrorism threats. 

Every component of the government has a role to play in rooting out racism and bigotry and advancing equity for all Americans. The U.S. Government, in close partnership with civil society, will address the long-term contributors that are responsible for much of today’s domestic terrorism. This includes reducing and protecting Americans from racial, ethnic, and religious hatred, and stemming the flow of firearms to individuals intending to commit acts of domestic terrorism. 

We are in a race to see who wins the 21st Century: Joe Biden on US economy

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We’ve turned the tide on the once-in-a-century pandemic.  We’ve turned the tide on a once-in-a-generation economic crisis.  And families are beginning to be able to breathe just a little bit easier…… We’re in a race to see who wins the 21st century – Joe Biden

Cleveland, Ohio: Speaking on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, Ohio, the US President Joe Biden said:

We’ve turned the tide on the once-in-a-century pandemic.  We’ve turned the tide on a once-in-a-generation economic crisis.  And families are beginning to be able to breathe just a little bit easier.

Biden talked of the campaign trail when he was running for presidency and it was decided then that you had to beat the pandemic to bring the economy back.  And so that’s what he set out to do on assuming office.

Drawing a picture, Biden said after administering 271 million doses of vaccine in the first 120 days — the cases are down now from January  — they’re down 83 percent — COVID cases are down.  The number of deaths has fallen by 85 percent.

Now, schools are reopening.  Businesses are reopening.  Restaurants are reopening.
Biden stated in clear terms  this is the moment to rebuild an economy from the bottom up and the middle out, not a trickle-down economy from the very wealthy.

Putting it in a broader perspective, he said the idea is  to build an economy that rewards work, not just wealth.  An economy that works for the backbone of this country — the people who get up every single day, work hard, raise their families, pay their taxes, serve their country, volunteer in their communities.

The US President said that there were 10 million fewer jobs in America when he was sworn in. But in his first three months in office, the economy has added back 500,000 jobs per month. Before he took office, almost 24 million Americans were going hungry.  The number of hungry Americans — food-starved Americans — has dropped by 30 percent, he added.

Biden said Before he took office, independent experts were projecting that thevUS economy would grow at 3 to 4 percent in the year 2021.  But they’re now projecting that growth will be 6 percent or higher in 2021 — the fastest growth in the US in 40 years.

According to Biden, all this has happened First, as they made the vaccine program a priority. 
As there weren’t enough vaccinators, so we went to FEMA, the United States military, went to the AMA and got retired docs and nurses to come out of retirement — got thousands and thousands of additional people to administer the vaccines that we didn’t have before, Biden informed the audience.

Further, Biden said that he doesn’t have any anything against anybody in Wall Street but Wall Street did not build this country.    The middle class built and unions built the middle class.
Looking beyond borders, Biden drew attention to China and said, it was number eight in their overall spending in research and development three decades ago; they’re now number two.

This past year, Japan, Canada, Italy, France, and the EU have announced significant infrastructure spending.  China has announced that they’re increasing their research and development spending dramatically.  Japan is making huge investments in reducing carbon emissions and building out the digital capacity they have.  Even the European Union. In this global scenario, he said “we’re in a race to see who wins the 21st century”.

Long term Peace, humanitarian relief for Palestinians in Gaza is top priority: US State Secretary Blinken

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Jerusalem: Addressing media persons at David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem on Tuesday 25 May, the US State Secretary Antony Blinken recounted priorities saying: we have to first, demonstrate the commitment of the United States to Israel’s security.  Second,  work has to begin toward greater stability and to reduce tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem.  Third, we have to support urgent humanitarian and reconstruction assistance for Gaza to benefit the Palestinian people. And fourth, action has to be taken to continue to rebuild US relationship with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority.

Blinken met during the day, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Ashkenazi, Defense Minister Gantz in Jerusalem, and President Abbas and Prime Minister Shtayyeh in the West Bank.

In the evening, he held discussions  with Knesset opposition leader Yair Lapid and this morning he is meeting President Reuven Rivlin.

Blinken said it is important to work and address the underlying conditions that fuelled this latest conflict. It is also important to attending to the urgent humanitarian needs of Palestinians in Gaza and helping rebuild what they have lost.
He also conveyed US President Biden’s message that Palestinians and Israelis , both equally deserve to live safely and securely.

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US State Secretary Blinken reiterates commitment to rebuild Gaza and deal with the “humanitarian situation”

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US State Secretary Antony Blinken.and Israeli Foreign Minister Gaba Ashkenazi

Tel Aviv: On arrival in Israel within days of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the terror outfit operating from Gaza, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed the strong commitment of United States to Israel’s security, to the partnership between the two countries, to move forward now on dealing with the “humanitarian situation” , starting the work to rebuild Gaza and to re-engage with the Palestinian community and Palestinian Authority.  He expressed the hope that things will start moving in a positive direction to bring about material progress in the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians.

israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Antony Blinken and Gaba Ashkenazi

Blinken said he has spent a lot of time on the phone with the Israeli Foreign Minister over these past months and certainly over the last few weeks.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi welcomed Blinken on his first official visit to Israel and and said the United States is Israel’s closest ally.  I’m committed, as I’m sure the Secretary too is, for expanding the relationship, he said and thanked the US President  and the Secretary of State and his team for their unwavering support of the State of Israel. He particularly thanked the US for the dedicated and close relation and involvement during recent days. 

Earlier, Blinken spoke with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. Both expressed their support for the ceasefire between Israel, Hamas, and other parties in Gaza. Blinken especially thanked the UAE Foreign Minister for his efforts to de-escalate the conflict and discussed the need to explore new paths to achieve peace. He also flagged the importance of reconstruction efforts in Gaza.

Simulataneously, Blinken spoke with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Maas discussed coordination on next steps to respond to events in Belarus and relief efforts in Gaza, as well as the importance of revitalizing the NATO Alliance through an ambitious NATO 2030 process. The Secretary also reiterated U.S. concerns about the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.