Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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RAND Report on Reducing the Risk of Extremist Activity in the Military

In recent years, news headlines have highlighted the involvement of current or former U.S. military personnel in protest violence; supremacist groups; the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol; and other forms of violent extremism spanning different political and ideological spectra. The threat of extremism is not new, but...

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Biden Administration COVID-19 Action Plan

When President Biden took office in January 2021, only 2 million American’s had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. With a clear action plan and whole-of-government effort, the U.S. has now successfully vaccinated more than 175 million Americans; 82% of which are seniors. This Administration’s focus has been to make the...

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Terrorist Assets Report 2020

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is the lead U.S. government agency responsible for administering economic sanctions designed to combat terrorism. These sanctions entail the blocking of assets in order to target international terrorist organizations and their supporters. OFAC has released its Twenty-ninth Annual Report...

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White House Strategy to Combat Future Biological Threats

The Biden-Harris administration recently released a key strategy document outlining critical actions needed to transform the United States’ “capabilities to respond rapidly and effectively to any future pandemic of high consequence biological threat.” The preparedness and response plan, titled American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities, identifies the following five pillars...

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9/11: Twenty Years Later

The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States provides opportunities for sober reflection on the events of that day, gives us pause to dissect what has ensued over the last twenty years, and encourages us to examine what is currently happening today as a direct result...

20 Years After 9/11: A Selection of Webinars

As the U.S. approaches the 20 year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the lasting impacts of that day are still evident two decades later; from changes in government policy and first responder training to building construction safety standards. As the event that marked the beginning of the...

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2020 Hate Crime Statistics Released

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has released Hate Crime Statistics, 2020 as part of its Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The hate crimes included in the dataset are defined as “a committed criminal offense which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias(es) against a race, religion, disability,...

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Intelligence Community Assesses COVID-19 Origins

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released an Unclassified Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Origins. Details in the summary indicate that the most plausible origins of COVID-19 involve exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) via an infected animal or a...

Spreading Hate on TikTok

In Hatescape: An In-Depth Analysis of Extremism and Hate Speech on TikTok, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) offers a comprehensive examination of how TikTok content creators exploit the platform’s unique features in order to spread messages of hate. The report analyzed a sample of 1,030 TikTok videos identified as promoting...