Democracy Now! - August 5, 2019

According to the New York Times, white-extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Former FBI agent Mike German says there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump’s rhetoric. "Unfortunately their policies have actually masked how they use their domestic terrorism resources to make it harder for the Congress to understand how many of those resources are going toward white supremacist violence," he says. German points to ineffective policy as the underlying issue, stating that this is part of a "long-standing" problem within the agency. He adds that the FBI historically and particularly under the current administration underprioritizes white supremacist activity while squandering resources on groups whose activities aren't expressly violent, including so-called "Black identity extremists" and antifa. "What they need to do is change these policies," he adds.