The Director of the US FBI, Christopher Wray, stated that the problem of domestic terrorism in his country has seriously escalated in recent years.
Ray indicated in a speech during the session of the Legal Committee of the US Congress that the number of incidents related to this extremist activity has doubled in recent years and increased to two thousand.
He said, “As for domestic extremism, it increased in earnest. When I was appointed to the position of director of the office (in 2017), about a thousand incidents were recorded, and by the end of last year, 1.4 thousand incidents were recorded. Now, two thousand incidents are being investigated. The number of arrests in cases has increased. The criminal charges associated with the propaganda of white supremacy last year increased 3 times compared to 2017.
He explained, “Unfortunately, (the events of the storming of the US Congress building that took place on) the 6th of last January is not a separate event. The problem of internal terrorism is spreading all over the country like a tumor and the things that disappear in the near future, which is a major concern.”
In this regard, Ray called on the leadership of social networks to cooperate with security agencies that work to identify information of an extremist and illegal nature. He also announced the intensity of rhetoric in the Internet on an “unprecedented scale.”