The FBI chief said that their threat was unrelenting.
The dangers posed by white supremacists groups and neo-nazis have always been visible and as it turns out even the FBI has woken to the fact that it is going nowhere. In fact, racially motivated hate crimes have increased in recent years and the threat posed by these groups is as tangible as any. As reported by VICE, FBI Director Christopher Wray said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that they needed to take strong measures to curb this menace.
Wray said that these groups are a "national threat priority," the same designation that they have for ISIS. This means that they would be devoting the same amount of effort and resources in countering white supremacist threats as they do to counter ISIS. "We’re particularly focused on domestic terrorism, especially racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists,” said Wray. “Not only is the terror threat diverse, it’s unrelenting."
In terms of work being done by the FBI, Wray said that he has been able to create a domestic terrorism and hate crimes fusion cell to "bring together the expertise of domestic terror folks and hate crimes folks." He said: "They’re working together to not just focus on the threats that have already happened but to look ahead around the corner to anticipate where else we need to be."
This elevation in threat level clearly states what many have said for quite a while now. Racially motivated hate crimes need to be dealt in the strictest possible manner and this looks like a good start.