What to know about the US government’s new anti-terror bill
Posted On July 12, 2021
The US government is pushing ahead with legislation aimed at cracking down on domestic extremists, including a bill that could target online propaganda.
Lawmakers on Monday passed a bill, which they say would allow for the FBI to take down any material the government determines is harmful to national security.
Law enforcement officials have said the law is necessary to combat the threat of online extremism.
It is expected to be passed before the end of the year.
Critics say the law would make it easier for the government to target Americans online, and they say it could open the door to more government censorship.US authorities have said that the bill is meant to counter threats from overseas and the spread of radical Islamist ideologies, and that it is necessary because the internet is “the most dangerous platform” for extremism.
“It is the least transparent, least accountable and least accountable mechanism for combating online extremism,” the Justice Department said in a statement.US President Donald Trump has vowed to crack down on the spread and dissemination of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) propaganda online.IS is one of the most radical groups in the world, with supporters fighting in Syria and Iraq and plotting attacks against the West.
The US has seen several terrorist attacks in the past few years in which foreign-born citizens were the perpetrators.