Biden Admin Urges Americans to Report 'Radicalized' Friends and Family to Government
'Rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism'
The Biden administration has announced plans to fight "domestic terrorism" by allowing Americans to report their own friends and family, who could be "potentially radicalized," to the government.
One senior administration official emphasized the importance of preventing politically fueled violence before it started.
“We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs,” the official said.
The official cited the Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” campaign to help prevent Islamic terror as a domestic possibility.
“This involves creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence,” the official said.
Biden has previously warned about the “rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”
Earlier this month, Biden described the threat from “white supremacy” as the “most lethal threat to the homeland today.”
In February, Biden even claimed that ex-military and former police officers are behind "the growth of white supremacy" and "domestic terror" in America.
The Biden administration said it would work with technology companies on “increased information sharing."
“Any particular tech company often knows its own platform very well,” the official noted.
“But the government sees things — actually, threats of violence — across platforms."
"They see the relationship between online recruitment, radicalization, and violence in the physical world.”
The department of Homeland Security said they plan to deploy “digital literacy” and “digital fitness” programs to help combat “malicious content online that bad actors deliberately try to disseminate.”
“This is a strategy that is agnostic as to political ideology or of the spectrum,” the official said.
“What matters is when individuals take their political or other grievances and turn that — unacceptably, unlawfully — into violent action.”
“We are investing many agencies of the government and resourcing them appropriately and asking our citizens to participate,” the official said.
“Because, ultimately, this is really about homeland security being a responsibility of each citizen of our country to help us achieve.”
Last month, Neon Nettle reported Biden was considering hiring private firms to surveil “extremist chatter by Americans online” due to limitations of the federal government.
The federal government is banned from using false identities to access private messaging apps and groups.
The government can scan social media profiles, however.
“The plan being discussed inside DHS, according to multiple sources, would, in effect, allow the department to circumvent” laws that limit what the federal government can do in surveilling U.S. citizens without a warrant," CNN reported.
"A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge.”