As we previously reported, the FBI has placed the threat level against homeland security by American White Supremacist groups on par with ISIS (see here). Reports are now indicating that the State of New Jersey is placing the threat level of White Supremacist groups higher than ISIS
New Jersey officials have “taken notice at the rise in activity from white supremacist extremists” and have raised the threat posed by them in 2020 from moderate to high, according to the 2020 Terrorism Threat Assessment report released by New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “High” is the highest mark for a threat level.
The report also indicated that homegrown violent extremists are the “most persistent hostile actors in New Jersey…”
The 2019 report listed White Supremacists and ISIS both as a moderate threat. The 2020 report found ISIS moving to a “low” level while White Supremacists moved to “high.”
Two more notable example of homegrown terrorism include the 8/3/2019 incident where a mass shooting occurred at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people. The gunman, a White Supremacist, specifically targeted the victims based on their race. Likewise, on 6/17/2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, a White Supremacist killed 9 people during church services again based solely on the race of the parishioners.
Anyone interested in New Jersey’s 2020 Terrorism Threat Assessment can find it here.