In the wake of this past weekend’s horrific acts of mass murder, McCain Institute Senior Director of Counterterrorism and National Security Nicholas Rasmussen was active in urging the U.S. government to take strong actions to combat the growing threat of domestic terrorists.
On Sunday, August 4, he used his platform as former director of the National Counterterrorism Center to pen a statement, along with five other former senior directors of counterterrorism at the National Security Council, to highlight the growing alarm in regards to homegrown extremists and domestic terrorists from our country’s most experience counterterrorism professionals.
Taking domestic terrorism as seriously as int'l terrorism is overdue.
Read this statement from 6 Bush/Obama/Trump NSC Senior Directors for Counterterrorism: "We simply cannot wait any longer."
— Joshua A. Geltzer (@jgeltzer) August 4, 2019
On Monday, Rasmussen and two other signers of the statement appeared on MSNBC’s two-hour special titled, “A Nation in Crisis.” When asked about what law enforcement can do to prevent the next domestic terror attack before it happens by NBC’s Brian Williams, Rasmussen gave an apt comparison to Islamic State-inspired attacks and urged the need of community engagement tools. Watch the video for his full answer:
This is not the first time that the McCain Institute has raised awareness about the lack of resources available to those combatting domestic terrorism and white supremacy in the United States. Back in June 2019, the Institute’s Director of Prevention and National Security Brette Steele gave expert testimony before the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a hearing titled, “Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response.”