When we talk about terrorism, we often think of the kind abroad, that we’re fighting wars with far, far away. But following the murders of three people at a Jewish Center in Kansas in April, a shooting at a Georgia courthouse and the murder of two Las Vegas police officers and a Las Vegas resident earlier this month -- all involving suspects expressing extremist ideology -- the Justice Department is calling back a federal task force that’s laid dormant for more than a decade.
It’s called the Domestic Terrorism Task Force, and it was first formed in response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing but shortly disbanded after 9/11, when the national focus began to shift toward terrorism overseas. We’ll talk with a terrorism expert about what the group will focus on and where the most urgent domestic threats are growing.
Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation