Dr. Michael Hill of the League of the South, The Real Domestic Terrorists, and Other Topics


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Dr. Michael Hill of the League of the South

Here we discussed with Dr. Hill the upcoming League of the South National Conference to be held in Alabama next month, as well as subjects presented in several recently published, or republished articles at the League of the South website, including Charlottesville, four years after, Support rises for secession and The Real Domestic Terrorists (2012). Additionally, we discussed the current inflation of the currency, some subjects presented at the recent Florida State League of the South Conference in Lake City, Florida.

Below is the text of Section 1299F of H.R. 6395 116th: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The section is titled “Countering white identity terrorism globally.” This bill was enacted after a congressional override of then-President Trump's veto on January 1, 2021. Now Public Law 116-283. We have not investigated why Trump vetoed this bill.

The full document is attached here in PDF format. The text below is from page 617 of the document:

SEC. 1299F. COUNTERING WHITE IDENTITY TERRORISM GLOBALLY. (a) STRATEGY AND COORDINATION.—Not later than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall— (1) develop and submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a Department of State-wide strategy entitled the “Department of State Strategy for Countering White Identity Terrorism Globally” (in this section referred to as the “strategy”); and (2) designate the Coordinator for Counterterrorism of the Department to coordinate Department efforts to counter white identity terrorism globally, including with United States diplomatic and consular posts, the Director of the National Counter-terrorism Center, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the heads of any other relevant Federal departments or agencies. (b) ELEMENTS.—The strategy shall at a minimum contain the following: (1) An assessment of the global threat from white identity terrorism abroad, including geographic or country prioritization based on the assessed threat to the United States. (2) A description of the coordination mechanisms between relevant bureaus and offices within the Department of State, as well as with United States diplomatic and consular posts, for developing and implementing efforts to counter white identity terrorism. (3) A description of how the Department plans to build on any existing strategy developed by the Bureau for Counter-terrorism to— (A) adapt or expand existing Department programs, projects, activities, or policy instruments based on existing authorities for the specific purpose of degrading and delegitimizing the white identity terrorist movement globally; and (B) identify the need for any new Department programs, projects, activities, or policy instruments for the specific purpose of degrading and delegitimizing the white identity terrorist movement globally, including a description of the steps and resources necessary to establish any such programs, projects, activities, or policy instruments, noting whether such steps would require new authorities. (4) Detailed plans for using public diplomacy, including the efforts of the Secretary of State and other senior Executive Branch officials, including the President, to degrade and delegitimize white identity terrorist ideologues and ideology globally, including by— (A) countering white identity terrorist messaging and supporting efforts to redirect potential supporters away from white identity terrorist content online; (B) exposing foreign government support for white identity terrorist ideologies, objectives, ideologues, networks, organizations, and internet platforms; (C) engaging with foreign governments and internet service providers and other relevant technology entities, to prevent or limit white identity terrorists from exploiting internet platforms in furtherance of or in preparation for acts of terrorism or other targeted violence, as well as the recruitment, radicalization, and indoctrination of new adherents to white identity terrorism; and (D) identifying the roles and responsibilities for the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy and the Global Engagement Center in developing and implementing such plans. (5) An outline of steps the Department is taking or will take in coordination, as appropriate, with the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the heads of any other relevant Federal departments or agencies to improve information and intelligence sharing with other countries on white identity terrorism based on existing authorities by— (A) describing plans for adapting or expanding existing mechanisms for sharing information, intelligence, or counterterrorism best practices, including facilitating the sharing of information, intelligence, or counterterrorism best practices gathered by Federal, State, and local law enforcement; and (B) proposing new mechanisms or forums that might enable expanded sharing of information, intelligence, or counterterrorism best practices. (6) An outline of how the Department plans to use designation as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (under Executive Order No. 13224 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note)) and foreign terrorist organization (pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189)) to support the strategy, including— (A) an assessment and explanation of the utility of applying or not applying such designations when individuals or entities satisfy the criteria for such designations; and (B) a description of possible remedies if such criteria are insufficient to enable designation of any individuals or entities the Secretary of State considers a potential terrorist threat to the United States. (7) A description of the Department’s plans, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, to work with foreign governments, financial institutions, and other related entities to counter the financing of white identity terrorists within the parameters of current law, or if no such plans exist, a description of why. (8) A description of how the Department plans to implement the strategy in conjunction with ongoing efforts to counter the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist threats to the United States. (9) A description of how the Department will integrate into the strategy lessons learned in the ongoing efforts to counter the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist threats to the United States. (10) A identification of any additional resources or staff needed to implement the strategy. (c) INTERAGENCY COORDINATION.—The Secretary of State shall develop the strategy in coordination with the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and in consultation with the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the heads of any other relevant Federal departments or agencies. (d) STAKEHOLDER INCLUSION.—The strategy shall be developed in consultation with representatives of United States and inter-national civil society and academic entities with experience researching or implementing programs to counter white identity terrorism. (e) FORM.—The strategy shall be submitted in unclassified form that can be made available to the public, but may include a classified annex if the Secretary of State determines such is appropriate. (f) IMPLEMENTATION.—Not later than three months after the submission of the strategy, the Secretary of State shall begin implementing the strategy. (g) CONSULTATION.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and not less often than annually thereafter, the Secretary of State shall consult with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate regarding the development and implementation of the strategy. (h) COUNTRY REPORTS ON TERRORISM.—The Secretary of State shall incorporate all credible information about white identity terrorism, including regarding relevant attacks, the identification of perpetrators and victims of such attacks, the size and identification of organizations and networks, and the identification of notable ideologues, in the annual country reports on terrorism submitted pursuant to section 140 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. 2656f). (i) REPORT ON SANCTIONS.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 120 days and again 240 days after the submission of each annual country report on terrorism submitted pursuant to section 140 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. 2656f), as modified in accordance with subsection (h), the President shall submit to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report that determines whether the foreign persons, organizations, and networks identified in such annual country reports on terrorism as so modified, satisfy the criteria to be designated as— (A) foreign terrorist organizations under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189); or (B) Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order No. 13224 (50 U.S.C. 1701 note). (2) FORM.—Each determination required under paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form, but may include a classified annex, if appropriate. (j) REQUIREMENT FOR INDEPENDENT STUDY TO MAP THE GLOBAL WHITE IDENTITY TERRORISM MOVEMENT.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall enter into a contract with a federally funded research and development center with appropriate expertise and analytical capability to carry out the study described in paragraph (2). (2) STUDY.—The study described in this paragraph shall provide for a comprehensive social network analysis of the global white identity terrorism movement to— (A) identify key actors, organizations, and supporting infrastructure; and (B) map the relationships and interactions between such actors, organizations, and supporting infrastructure. (3) REPORT.— (A) TO THE SECRETARY.—Not later than one year after the date on which the Secretary of State enters into a contract pursuant to paragraph (1), the federally funded research and development center referred to in such sub-section that has entered into such contract with the Secretary shall submit to the Secretary a report containing the results of the study required under this section. (B) TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 30 days after receipt of the report under subparagraph (A), the Secretary of State shall submit to the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate such report, together with any additional views or recommendations of the Secretary.

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