Not sure why I’m dredging up this story from April, but here goes.
Way back in spring, several news outlets reported that the Department of Homeland Security had disbanded a group of analysts who’d been tasked with curtailing domestic terrorism. Because it’s obviously not a problem, apparently. That said, several DHS officials, past and president, were concerned about the move, given the growing threat.
In the wake of this move, officials said the number of analytic reports produced by DHS about domestic terrorism, including the threat from white supremacists, has dropped significantly. People in and close to the department said this has generated significant concern at headquarters.
“It’s especially problematic given the growth in right-wing extremism and domestic terrorism we are seeing in the U.S. and abroad,” one former intelligence official told The Daily Beast.
The group in question was a branch of analysts in DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). They focused on the threat from homegrown violent extremists and domestic terrorists. The analysts there shared information with state and local law enforcement to help them protect their communities from these threats.
You reap what you sow. Or I should say, you reap what Donald Trump sows … day after day after day after day.