The Department of Homeland Security launched an internal review on Monday to assess the threat of domestic violent extremism within the department, as officials have began focusing on the prevention of domestic-inspired terrorism.
No internal issues were reported prior to the announcement of the review. However, the department repeatedly points to domestic violent extremism as the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to the U.S. The review will be led by the department’s chief security officer.
Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas wrote in a message to staff, “As we work to safeguard the nation and our values, we must be vigilant in our efforts to identify and combat domestic violent extremism within both the broader community and our own organization.”
DHS, which has more than 240,000 employees, is responsible for protecting the country from various types of threats and has a broad mission that includes agencies like the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard.
“Violent extremism has no place at DHS and we will work with urgency and focus to address it,” Mayorkas wrote.
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