AOC Gets Schooled On ‘Domestic Terrorism’ By FBI Official At Hearing

AOC Gets Schooled On ‘Domestic Terrorism’ By FBI Official At Hearing By Sara Carter for Sara A Carter

I was completely confused as I watched a video of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezat Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing questioning FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity on why “White Supremacists” are charged differently than terrorists. She also questioned if the FBI targeted Muslims for terrorism charges, while leaving other races out of the specific charge category.

It reminded me – and in not a funny way – of the old comic routine of Abbott and Costello “Who’s On First.” I just didn’t understand where it was going.

I also didn’t understand if I was missing something, or if the questions were based on her failure to understand the law and how the FBI handles domestic and foreign terrorist prosecutions.

So to start, about 1 minute and 30 seconds into the exclusive video obtained by, Ocasio-Cortez was questioning McGarrity about “confronting white supremacy” as a terror threat. Of course, this is a very serious subject and a one that should concern everyone.

Then the questioning began.

First, Ocasio-Cortez asked McGarrity why the deadly Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and the likewise deadly Tree of Life Synagogue attack in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania were not treated as domestic terrorist incidents.

“The Emanuel AME Church shooting of black Americans in Charleston and the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburg of Jewish people – that, those were only designated and charged as hate crimes, not domestic terrorist incidents. Mr. McGarrity why did the FBI not believe these were domestic terror incidents,” asked Ocasio-Cortez.

McGarrity immediately responded that she was incorrect.

“That’s not correct, I don’t know who told you that we did,” McGarrity said. “But we certainly had cases open on them. In both those cases, and I wasn’t here for the Dylann Roof case, but certainly in our own Department of Justice civil rights about three or four weeks ago there was testimony that actually stated it was a domestic terrorism event- charged in the Department of Justice Civil Rights division for a hate crime.” Roof, a 21-year old white supremacist, murdered nine African Americans during the prayer service at the church.

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