Rose Introduces Legislation to Counter Global White Supremacist Terrorism
Congressman: ‘This is a global problem, which is why we need the State Department to start confronting it with the same type of whole-of-government playbook that we bring to every other global threat’
Washington, July 6, 2020
Congressman Max Rose, along with Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida and Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, recently introduced the Countering Global White Supremacist Terrorism Act, bicameral legislation to strengthen the U.S. government’s counter-terrorism efforts against transnational white supremacy and identity groups.
“The perpetrators of white supremacist violence don’t just share the same vile, hate-fueled ideology—they’re increasingly sharing resources, training, and global terrorist networks just like we’ve seen from violent jihadist terrorist groups for decades,” said Congressman Rose, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence & Counterterrorism. “This is a global problem, which is why we need the State Department to start confronting it with the same type of whole-of-government playbook that we bring to every other global threat.”
Earlier this year, Rose introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the global threat transnational white supremacist extremism presents to America and urging the U.S. Department of State to designate qualifying violent foreign white supremacist groups as FTOs. In April, the State Department heeded Rose’s call and designated a foreign white supremacist group, the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), along with three of its leaders, as a FTO for the first time in history.
In a recent hearing chaired by Rose, Administration officials testified that that neo-Nazi organizations pose significant threats and FTO designation would give more tools to law enforcement to protect from those threats. Last month, the House Committee on Homeland Security unanimously advanced Rose’s Transnational White Supremacist Extremism Review Act, which would direct the Department of Homeland Security to develop and disseminate a terrorist threat assessment of foreign violent white supremacist extremist groups.
Rose has also been a leader in confronting the threat of online white supremacist extremism. Just last month, following pressure from Rose, Nicholas Rasmussen was hired as the first Executive Director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), officially transitioning GIFCT into a standalone, non-profit institution with full-time staff dedicated to ensuring that terrorist content has no home on social media platforms.