Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
Senate Judiciary Committee
Addresses Our Domestic
Tuesday, July 27,
I would like to speak to a major issue facing our nation. That issue is
domestic terrorism, and the threats that it brings to our cities and
communities across the country.
June 15th of this year, the National Security Council issued a national
strategy for countering domestic terrorism. Although the strategic objectives
were very similar to the National Security Council strategy under the Trump administration,
I was very concerned to see that the policy took a partisan tone.
example, aside from the commonsense measures to combat crime, such as promoting
cooperation between law enforcement agencies, there was an emphasis on promoting
gun control and critical race theory in schools. The Biden administration seems
to make these recommendations at every turn.
the report was missing, I found shocking.
report was lacking any strategy to combat anarchist extremism. Specifically,
there was no mention of the 500 domestic terrorism investigations that were
opened throughout the 2020 riots. Those 500 cases amount to about 25 percent of
the FBI’s current domestic terrorism investigations.
could the cause of 25 percent of the current FBI caseload not be mentioned?
a grave mistake to make an issue like domestic terrorism partisan, even in the
slightest. Judging by the report, I’m afraid that’s exactly what the
Administration is doing.
is of critical importance to keep in mind the great bipartisan work that can
and should be done to address domestic terrorism of all types, rightwing and
leftwing, including anarchist extremism.
have to work together on diving deeper into serious, apolitical solutions to
this issue. The American people deserve it.