Domestic terrorists – such as racially motivated, anti-government, and anti-law enforcement violent extremists – may pose the “greatest” threat domestically this year and likely into 2022, a top FBI official told lawmakers Thursday.
The official made those comments as she acknowledged that jihadis affiliated with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) remain intent on conducting or inspiring large-scale attacks on the United States.
In written testimony prepared for a hearing by the House Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Department of Justice (DOJ), Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch, suggested that Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) pose a more significant threat than jihadis.
She indicated that domestic terrorists, or DVEs, include groups or individuals from the right and left of the political spectrum.
Without mentioning Islamic terrorist groups, she concluded:
Looking forward, the FBI assesses DVEs pose an elevated threat of violence