Counterterrorism Budget Reshaped Because of Insurrection

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine)  Because of the January 6 insurrection on the Capitol, President Biden’s administration is asking for millions of dollars so that the FBI and the Justice Department have funds with which to work.

It has been five months since the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Former President Donald Trump attempted to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory for president. Because of this January 6 insurrection, the government’s counterterrorism budget must be reshaped.

This past Saturday was the 150-day mark of the January 6 insurrection. “About 465 suspects have been arrested in nearly all 50 sates.” Hundreds of other arrests are still being scouted. Since last Friday, over 300 people are “pictured on the FBI’s Capitol attack website who have not yet been arrested.” This means that there are 800 people that the federal government and FBI are looking at.

Congress was told by the FBI this past week that they believe that there were nearly 2,000 people involved in the riot. 

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco is describing the January 6 attack as “emerging domestic terrorism threats.” Biden’s administration has asked for $100 million for the Justice Department’s spending budget which will address this problem. A total of $1.6 billion is needed to address not only the domestic terrorism but also the international one.

The Biden administration has said that it is struggling to keep up with the domestic terrorism problem.

In addition, the Department of Justice is asking for $40 million more to take care of the 100 new positions of federal prosecutors. The FBI needs $45 million to take care of domestic terrorism operations, “including more than 80 new special agents and nearly 100 new FBI positions to help detect and disrupt domestic terrorism (DT) treats nationwide.”

The U.S. Marshals Service is asking for $12.2 million to fund the Special Operations Group, and the Justice Department’s research department needs $4 million in new funds.

Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, said that“January 6 accelerated the course that the Biden administration was likely to pursue once the president took office. It opened up a window within departments and agencies to take a hard look at efforts for the last decade and see what needed to be changed.”


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