The Intercept

THE RECENT WHITE SUPREMACIST mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, and the Justice Department’s new willingness to label this kind of attack domestic terrorism have prompted renewed calls for the creation of more powerful anti-terrorism laws to investigate and prosecute right-wing domestic extremists.

The FBI Agents Association urged Congress to “to make domestic terrorism a federal crime.” Rod Rosenstein, the former U.S. deputy attorney general, suggested to the New York Times that domestic terrorism investigations in the United States should be modeled on the way the FBI has pursued would-be attackers who sympathize with Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and other foreign terrorist groups — using informants, surveillance, and stings to cultivate a snitch culture. “In the same way that honorable members of mosques report people who express violent designs, so, too, should people report violent white nationalists to the police,” Rosenstein told the Times.

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