Report finds 'significant gaps' in DHS' ability to detect violent extremism in its ranks

Report finds 'significant gaps' in DHS' ability to detect violent extremism in its ranks

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  • CNN — The Department of Homeland Security has uncovered “significant gaps” in its ability to detect potential domestic violent extremist threats within its ranks, citing unresolved issues of funding, training and consistency, according to a report released Friday.
  • The four employee incidents were not identified in the report, but one involved a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting a domestic terror attack, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to four counts of weapons and drug charges.
  • Last April, in the wake of the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas called for the internal review, forming a working group to examine how to best “prevent, detect, and respond” to domestic violent extremism threats within DHS.
  • “To ensure we are able to continue executing our critical mission with honor and integrity, we will not tolerate hateful acts or violent extremist activity within our Department,” Mayorkas said in a statement, adding that DHS will act “with urgency to better prevent, detect, and respond to potential internal threats related to domestic violent extremism, and protect the integrity of our mission.”

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