This morning I will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the expansion of domestic terrorism investigations. This session is entitled “Investigating the threat of domestic terrorism “metastasized” after the Buffalo attackAnd will begin at 10 a.m. at the Senate Hart Office Building (Room 216). Written testimony is at the link below.
Democrats have proposed legislation that would create news outlets to investigate domestic terrorism. Report, educate, and evaluate the “threat of internal terrorism posed by white supremacists and neo-Nazis, including the influence of white supremacists and neo-Nazis to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and uniformed services.” The law also instructs these offices to prioritize specific cases of domestic terrorism. This is the final element that contradicts the principle of the constitution and the principle of separation of powers.
As discussed in the written testimony, we all have many reasons to oppose these violent elements on the left and right. The Constitution imposes restrictions on the scope of congressional action in dealing with such matters from the First Amendment to the Doctrine of the Powers. The Internal Terrorism Prevention Act is an example of how such tools can be well-intentioned but still violate constitutional principles. I urge the Senate to reconsider its approach to addressing these concerns.
Here are the witnesses who will be present at the hearing:
Robert A. Pape, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science and Chicago Project Manager on Security and Threats
University of Chicago
Partner, Freedom and National Security Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Former Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Garnell Whitfield Jr.
Buffalo, New York
Justin E. هردمن
Former US Attorney
Professor Jonathan Torley
Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law
George Washington University School of Law