Holder revives domestic terror panel

Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday announced the reestablishment of a committee to fight terror threats posed by groups within U.S. borders.

The Justice Department’s Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee was originally empaneled by then-Attorney General Janet Reno almost two decades ago in response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. 


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But the panel was disbanded after the 9/11 attacks led the government to focus its attention on threats overseas. Holder maintained that the United States remains vigilant against foreign terror groups, including al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and al-Shabaab in Somalia.

“But we also must concern ourselves with the continued danger we face from individuals within our own borders who may be motivated by a variety of other causes from anti-government animus to racial prejudice,” he said.

The revived Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee will be led by the Justice Department's National Security Division, the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s representatives.

The panel is designed to improve information-sharing among federal authorities around the U.S. charged with foiling homegrown terror threats.

“And we will never waver in our continuing effort to ensure that anyone who seeks to harm this nation, its people, or its vital interests will be brought to justice and held accountable for their actions — to the fullest extent of the law,” Holder said.