FBI believes U.S. faces equal threats from domestic extremists and Islamic State -official

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WASHINGTON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - U.S. instrumentality enforcement and information agencies judge home extremists, notably achromatic supremacists, airs a convulsive menace successful the United States akin to that of Islamic State militants, apical U.S. information officials told Congress connected Wednesday.

Concern astir racially motivated home extremists had prompted the FBI to elevate the menace to a level adjacent with that posed by the Islamist militants, said Timothy Langan, the adjunct manager who heads the counterintelligence division.

Langan told a House Intelligence subcommittee the Federal Bureau of Investigation had detected a important summation successful the menace of unit from home extremists implicit the past 18 months.

He said the bureau was conducting astir 2,700 investigations related to home convulsive extremism, and determination had been 18 lethal attacks targeting U.S. spiritual institutions successful which 70 radical had died successful caller years.

The FBI has engaged with tech companies regarding their relation successful fueling extremism, has successfully disrupted planned acts of unit and volition proceed to "try to adjacent the gap" connected its inability to legally decode encryptions connected mobile phones.

John Cohen, acting undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis successful the Department of Homeland Security, told the subcommittee that radical superiority and "hatred of immigrants" were large menace concerns.

He said his section believes the biggest home menace is posed by lone offenders and tiny groups indoctrinated successful extremist ideology. The menace is fueled by a blend of extremist beliefs and idiosyncratic grievances, helium said.

Cohen noted that home extremists behaviour truthful overmuch treatment openly connected societal media that covert postulation of quality connected the threats they airs whitethorn often not beryllium indispensable to spot the threats.

Some Republican members of the House subcommittee suggested U.S. spy agencies should not beryllium collecting accusation connected U.S. governmental enactment unless determination is simply a transportation to overseas actors.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by Howard Goller

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