President Joe Biden’s administration announced their plans to create a way for Americans to report ‘radicalized’ friends and family members to the government, in what they say is an effort to fight domestic terrorism.
In a conversation with reporters, one senior administration official explained the importance of stopping potential politically motivated violence before it starts.
“We will work to improve public awareness of federal 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 stop radical Islamic terror after the September 11 attacks.
“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 radicalized and potentially radicalizing towards violence,” the official said.
Biden began his controversial presidency with a warning in his inauguration speech about the “rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.” On June 1, Biden described the treat from “white supremacy” as the “most lethal threat to the homeland today.”
The Biden administration is also asking big tech companies to “Increase information sharing” to help combat radicalization.
“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.”