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FBI Director: White Supremacy Behind Rise in Domestic Terrorism Cases

FBI Director Christopher Wray

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that white supremacy is behind an increase in domestic terrorism cases this fiscal year.

In the past nine months, the FBI has recorded about 100 domestic terrorism arrests, which is an increase over previous years.

“A majority of the domestic terrorism cases we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence,” Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The number of domestic terrorism cases now rivals the number of international terrorism cases, Wray said, contradicting President Trump’s claims that white nationalism was not on the rise.

The increase comes amid concerns that President Trump’s rhetoric is fueling white supremacy.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Wray whether the bureau is taking the domestic terror threat seriously in light of Trump’s rhetoric.

“There is a concern that this is not being taken as seriously as it should be as one of the real threats in our country,” Durbin told Wray.

“We take domestic terrorism or hate crime, regardless of ideology, extremely seriously, I can assure you, and we are aggressively pursuing it using both counterterrorism resources and criminal investigative resources and partnering closely with our state and local partners,” Wray responded.

Another concern is that a vast majority of the domestic cases are not leading to terrorism charges.

Atty. Gen. Holder Says Ill. Prison Won’t Hold Gitmo Detainees

Thomson Correctional Center/abc7 photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. on Monday gave assurances that a state prison the feds are interested in buying to hold maximum-security inmates won’t house detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

In an April 4 letter to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Holder wrote of the Thomson Correctional Center:

“While we are confident the Thomson facility would be amply secure enough to house such individuals, Congress has since prohibited the use of funds to transfer such detainees to the United States.

“The Administration opposed that restriction for the reasons set forth in the letter I sent to Senators Reid and McConnell on December 9, 2010. Nonetheless, consistent with current law, we will not transfer detainees from Guantanamo to Thomson, or otherwise house Guantanamo detainees at Thomson. The Thomson facility would only house federal inmates and would be operated solely by the Bureau of Prisons.”

The state of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons are currently in negotiations over the purchase, Durbin said in a press release.

Some had strongly voiced concerns about holding Gitmo prisoners at the nearly empty state facility in Thomson, Ill.,about two hours outside of Chicago.

In a statement, Durbin said:

“Governor Quinn has assured me that both the state and federal government have made significant progress in their negotiations and a purchase agreement is imminent. I look forward to working on a bipartisan basis to open this facility and create more than 1,100 jobs in Illinois.”

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James Lewis Confirmed as U.S. Atty. for Central District of Ill.

illinois-map-with-harvey-illBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James Lewis got the final nod from the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to become U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, the State Journal- Register reported.

The paper reported that U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who recommended Lewis for the post, noted that Lewis had a strong background in the law and had served as an assistant U.S. Attorney since 1983.

“I was honored to recommend his name to President Obama and am confident that he will bring a strong work ethic, independence, and depth of knowledge to the position of U.S. attorney,” Durbin said, according to the paper.