It has been 25 years since two white American men bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19 and former FBI deputy Frank Figliuzzi explained we haven't made progress in putting an end to such extremism. In fact, there are still not anti-domestic terrorism laws on the books.
Speaking to MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Figliuzzi explained that sometimes it's the FBI director's job to speak the truth to leaders even if they don't like what they hear.
"I'm sure that was the case today," he continued. "I'm sure it was the way in prior testimony of the director when he pointed out once again it's domestic terrorism that's the threat and the subset of white supremacists that commit lethal violence. That jumped out to me, today, the word 'lethality,' the kind of violence they're seeing from white supremacist groups. But here's the challenge. We're 25 years after the Oklahoma City bombing. Pulled off by two white guys, two domestic terrorists, and here we are again, still without all the tools and the domestic terrorism law. Now today, armed with the knowledge that some FBI considers what happens on Jan. 6th to be an act of domestic terrorism because we define domestic terrorism in the law but don't outlaw it."
He continued: "Is this Senate or Congress the one to make a difference, I'm asking a rhetorical question. Do we see any indication they're going to support a hard-nosed domestic terrorism effort, or support regulation of social media fuel and fan the flames of how we got here right now. Or are they going to denounce their own base, that is, as Chris Wray described in terms of the people who committed this, white supremacists? I think not. I think we're still on a journey to almost nowhere. I don't think we've improved much since the Oklahoma City bombing and in fact, I think we may be in a worse position."
After a campaign several years ago by Republicans to get Democrats to use the phrases "radical Islamic terrorists," Republicans now refuse to refer to the Capitol insurrectionists as "radical right-wing terrorists" or support anti-terrorism laws.
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