FBI Tries to Stop Domestic Terrorists with Limited Power

Dakota Reed had a mind filled with hate and mass murders. November of last year, he posted on Facebook, “I am shooting for 30 Jews.”

In December, he posted pictures of his AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle hanging on the wall with white supremacist themes all around and the caption which read, “fixing to shoot up a school.”

About four months, the FBI was investigating Reed, and they were ready to charge him, but federal prosecutors said they did not have enough to go through with the arrest due to the threats were “too vague.”

The FBI scurried to turn over the case to the local law enforcement to build a stronger case under their state’s law.

Local detectives from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department arrested Reed, and he went to trial in May and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced this week to one year in prison.

This case is just one of the many cases the FBI has problems with when it comes to domestic terrorism.

They are limited to stopping violent acts in the U.S., which are meant to intimidate and cause terror among the citizens.

The First Amendment protects a person who makes threats because no action was carried out.

In these situations, the FBI has their hands tied, and they can only hand over the cases to local authorities.

Over the last few years, there has been an increase in attacks where the action was carried out like the shootings in Pittsburgh, Charleston, South Carolina, San Diego, California, and many more.

Attention has been raised, and there is a debate if the feds can get involved. This would save time throughout the system, and it would also save lives by stopping the terrorism in its tracks.

Senator Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, voiced his concerns, “The rise of white supremacy is an undeniable threat. As the threat of violent white supremacy continues to mount, we must do more.”

Both Congress and the White House have been working on the issue but are weary on how far they can go before it overrides The First Amendment.

Mary McCord is a former top national security prosecutor who fell back on the issue of the guns used in the attacks and stated, “Law enforcement needs more effective tools. I recognize the very legitimate concerns of those in the civil rights community, but I would hope that their concerns could be addressed through oversight.”

Over the last two decades, there has been a rise in Islamic extremism in international terrorism cases, but there is a bigger rise in domestic terrorist attacks which now surpasses every form of terrorism in the nation.

FBI agent Michael C. McGarrity told lawmakers, “Individuals affiliated with racially motivated violent extremism are responsible for the most lethal and violent activity.”

All the FBI can do is hand over the cases.

A national security expert, Hina Shamsi, stated, “Law enforcement agencies already have the investigative and prosecutorial tools they need, and they should prioritize resources and policies to meaningfully address white supremacist violence.”

Former top FBI agent, Adam Lee, disagrees and feels the laws should remain the same, “We can hold those groups and people to account most effectively by using the investigative methods we used to break up the mafia and violent street gangs.”

The FBI can break up groups of terrorist easier than stopping an individual. They have successfully targeted suspects who are involved with hate groups and use the mix of violence and speech to draw attention to themselves.

When it comes to stopping them from carrying out a heinous act of violence and murder, the FBI cannot do anything until the laws are changed.

Many have been fortunate to have been stopped by handing the cases over, but how many more have to lose valuable time before something gets done?

There was Dylann S. Roof in 2015 who killed nine churchgoers, a year later there were the militia members who tried to kill Muslims in an apartment complex with a bomb, and there was the San Diego Synagogue shooter, John Earnest, who all were targeted by the FBI.

There was nothing they could do but let innocent people get slaughtered because the laws will not allow them to act on their job in time to save those people.

The First Amendment can be debated according to our freedoms, but not the lives of innocent people at the hands of those who instill fear into communities and the public.

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  17. “We can hold those groups and people to account most effectively by using the investigative methods we used to break up the mafia and violent street gangs.”

    Uh, I didn’t know the mafia and violent street gangs have been broken up. I think maybe folks better pass that along to the… well… “mafia” and those “violent street gangs” that are still roaming our nation’s streets, countrysides and cities. Many of which have ties to Mexico and all nations south of Mexico. I guess calling those “Mafia” style organized crime folks mafia doesn’t include the cartels and those various drug “lords” who tend to make millions if not billions off of committing, escalating and managing the trafficking of drugs, prostitution, theft and any other money making crime for their personal and/or “gYupang” related enterprises.

    Yup, “Trust me, I’m with the FBI. There is no “organized crime”. We have it handled here”… Yeah, right.

    I’ll keep my gun and exercise my Second Amendment rights if/when necessary. I don’t hand over my or my family’s personal security to anyone.

  18. Our rise in terrorism is based on several factors. The feminism of men in this country, the government trying to dictate our very lives through gun control and the Outright fear of of guns by people in general. Smart law enforcement officers will tell you, they are minutes away when seconds count. We need to change our mind set to understand that we need to take care of ourselves. Weather it be through carrying your own protection, or if you have the means, then have armed protection. We are not the most powerful nation because of our military, which being a veteran, I know their value is immense, but also because our armed civilian force which is several times more powerful than several of the world armies combined. Now if more people did carry a firearm, there would be a lot less carnage when an deranged fool did decide to open fire on a group of people. There are plenty of accounts written indicating the demise of such individuals when it was more acceptable to carry. Why do deranged individuals attack as they do? They know most people are unarmed and it is a form of “live” target practice that they desire.

  19. Then an amendment to the 1st amendment should be enacted by Congress (I doubt the DEMOCRAP SCUM there would go for it)
    or people should write to their reps and senators ORDERING them to proceed according to what the FBI needs to enforce what
    is right, instead of shedding crocodile tears when a tragedy ensues, because contrary to what the degenerated interpretation
    of the First Amendment has been turned into, THERE ARE DOGS THAT BARK….AND BITE…!!!!!

  20. I don’t understand. I believe in some states, as in Ohio where I live, there are assault and battery charges, meaning that a threat is an assault and battery is the act that carries out the threat. “The First Amendment protects the rights of a person who makes threats because no action was carried out.” How is this different from states rights to charge for threats as well as battery? A threat is an assault, is it not?

  21. should have give him a year in gitmo to live with terrorists , it’s just as giving him the death sentence , he won’t last 5 minutes with the radicals

  22. So interesting how the terror groups mentioned always seems to be “Right Wing Terrorists”. What about Antifa? How about the shooting of the Republican Senators at the ballgame? From what I can see, many of these nut-jobs are “Left-Wing” radicals who feel disenfranchised from our communities. This article was obviously written by a Liberal and leaves no doubt in my mind that the writer considers any one on the “Right” as a potential terrorist, especially if they are a dreaded “Gun Owner”.

  23. There is no way anyone should try to limit the power of the police; except when laws are changed by Congress. You see, there is a law that stops anyone from interfering with police work; and it is a felony law. The law is entitled, “Interference with a Police Officer in the Performance of His/ Her Duties”. Anyone who attempts to keep any officer from performing his or her duties can and should be charged with violation of this particular law…..Why? Because the law would surely prove and display that “no one is above the law”. If the city mayor tells police not to perform any portion of the laws of the land; then the county sheriff should march into that mayor’s office, arrest and charge the mayor with violation of this law. If a state politician attempts to stop the county sheriff’s people from performing their duties; then the state police chief should arrest and charge the politician. If a federal politician attempts to stop the state police from performing duties; then the FBI (the GBI in Georgia; the Rangers in Texas) should make the arrest and charge the politician. When any police chief or sheriff is ordered to stop performing certain portions of their duties; then he or she should report the violation to the next higher law enforcement office in order to get the violator arrested and charged. Then, in the meantime, the police chief or sheriff orders his or her people to perform their jobs and continue their work according to the law and their regulations. If anyone is breaking our laws; the police should do their job no matter what any liberal politician says or does. And if the politician tries to stop police from doing what is right; then charge the politician with violation of “Interference with a Police Officer in the Performance of Duties”.

  24. The FBI is limited in scope and that is all the more reason to allow us private citizens to defend ourselves. After all, when seconts count the police are minutes away. Or longer. In too many instances governments are allowing criminals to decide to take away our Right To Life.

  25. “but there is a bigger rise in domestic terrorist attacks which now surpasses every form of terrorism in the nation.”

    Where? When?

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