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Pentagon to start anti-radicalization training for departing personnel to counter domestic terrorism


Pentagon will give departing military members ‘anti-radicalization training’ to combat the ‘lethal’ rise of ‘white supremacy and anti-government extremism’

  • Strategy to tackle domestic terrorism to be launched on Tuesday
  • It follows review that found greatest threat comes from white supremacists and anti-government militants
  • ‘We must work to root out the hatreds that can too often drive violence,’ said President Biden in foreword
  • It includes training for people leaving the military to make it harder for radicals to recruit them
  • And it comes amid high-level concern at the number of veterans or active service personnel arrested after Jan. 6 attack on U.S. Capitol 










The Pentagon is to start training for service members leaving the military to prevent them being radicalized by violent extremists, as part of the country’s first domestic terrorism strategy due to be unveiled on Tuesday.

It follows a review that found the most dangerous elements of the threat today come from white supremacists and anti-government extremists.

The strategy includes $100 million for the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security for analysts, prosecutors and investigators.

‘In addition, the Department of Defense is incorporating training for servicemembers separating retirements in the military, who may potentially be targeted by those who seek to radicalise them,’ said an administration official.

Attorney General Merrick Garland is due to unveil the country's first National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism at 11am on Tuesday. It follows a 100-day review of the most urgent terrorism threats the United States faces today

Attorney General Merrick Garland is due to unveil the country’s first National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism at 11am on Tuesday. It follows a 100-day review of the most urgent terrorism threats the United States faces today

The strategy includes the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol among examples of domestic terrorism. The high number of serving military personnel and veterans arrested after the violence alarmed officials

The strategy includes the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol among examples of domestic terrorism. The high number of serving military personnel and veterans arrested after the violence alarmed officials

The move follows revelations that a disproportionate number of people arrested during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol were active military personnel or veterans.

Experts in domestic terrorism have long warned that far-right militants were targeting people with military or law enforcement training for recruitment.

The new strategy brackets the Capitol assault – when thousands of Trump supporters descended on Congress – with mass shootings at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and a Walmart in El Paso as part of the country’s ‘tragic history’ of domestic terrorism 

The strategy will also address the danger of ‘insider threats’ within the military or security agencies.

‘The Department of Defence, Department of Justice, and Homeland Security Department are similarly pursuing efforts to ensure that domestic terrorists are not employed within our military or law enforcement ranks, and that they improve their screening and vetting processes,’ said the official.

‘Training and resources will be developed for state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement partners as well as for sensitive private sector partners, to enable them to enhance their own employee screening programme, and to prevent individuals who post domestic terrorism threats and being placed in positions of trust.’

The strategy will be launched by Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday morning.

In a foreword, President Biden said America could not ignore the threat from domestic terrorism.

‘Together we must affirm that domestic terrorism has no place in our society,’ he said.

‘We must work to root out the hatreds that can too often drive violence.

The move follows revelations that a disproportionate number of people arrested during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol were active military personnel or veterans. Experts in domestic terrorism have long warned that far-right militants were targeting people with military or law enforcement training for recruitment

The move follows revelations that a disproportionate number of people arrested during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol were active military personnel or veterans. Experts in domestic terrorism have long warned that far-right militants were targeting people with military or law enforcement training for recruitment 

‘And we must recommit to defend and protect those basic freedoms, which belong to all Americans in equal measure, and which are not only the foundation of our democracy— they are our enduring advantage in the world.’

The strategy comprises four pillars: enhancing analysis and information sharing between agencies; preventing recruitment and mobilization to violence, including targeting the online spread of hate; disrupting and deterring terrorism, including the $100 million cash injection; tackling long-term drivers such as racism and the flow of firearms.

Earlier this year the Department of Homeland Security said it was launching an internal review to assess the threat of violent extremism from within the agency. 

Senior DHS officials will immediately begin the review, which 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, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a letter announcing the effort.



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