Terrorist Threats Not Always The Usual Suspects

By Mitch Silber

In January 2020, Mitchell D. Silber was named the executive director of the Community Security Initiative, a new position created as part of UJA and JCRC-NY’s $4 million plan to help secure local Jewish institutions in the New York region.  He previously served as Director of Intelligence Analysis at the New York City Police Department where he was the principal advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence on counterterrorism policy and analysis.  He has represented the NYPD at the White House, National Security Council, CIA, FBI, and National Counter Terrorism Center and testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

New York State has convicted a white supremacist as a ‘terrorist’ for the first time in its history.  James Harris Jackson was convicted for the murder of Timothy Caughman, a 66-year-old African American man, in what has been classified as a hate crime.  Jackson pled guilty Tuesday to the charge of Murder in the First Degree in the Furtherance of an Act of Terrorism.

Cipher Brief Expert and Former NYPD Director of Analysis, Mitch Silber, who is also the author of The Al Qaeda Factor: Plots Against the West, writes that extreme right-wing violence (XRW) is something that needs more attention from U.S. counterterrorism authorities.

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