White supremacists pose the greatest threat to U.S.security, a draft report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says, according to a report by POLITICO.
"The most significant terror-related threat facing the U.S. today comes from violent extremists who are motivated by white supremacy and other far-right ideological causes,” John Cohen, the department’s counterterrorism coordinator from 2011 to 2014, told the news site.
POLITICO reviewed three drafts by the DHS, all of which warn that white supremacists are currently a greater threat than foreign terror groups.
None of the drafts of the DHS’s State of the Homeland Threat Assessment 2020 obtained by POLITICO referred to threats posed by Antifa, despite the Trump administration referring to the left-wing, anti-fascist group as domestic terrorists.
Russia also tops the list as a threat that “probably will be the primary covert foreign influence actor and purveyor of disinformation and misinformation in the homeland,” the documents say.
Last week, Elizabeth Neumann, a former top Department of Homeland Security official who resigned in April, told NPR that President Donald Trump was reluctant to focus on right-wing extremism.
"When he was finally comfortable with using the word 'domestic terrorism,' it was in the context of Antifa and trying to exploit or or sell a story that the looting and the violence that we have seen somewhat associated with peaceful protests is Antifa," Neumann said.
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"And yet if you look at the arrests that have occurred in the protests of the summer, it's the Boogaloo movement or it's an association with QAnon. It's the right side of the spectrum; it is not Antifa," she added.