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Amid rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism, US federal law enforcement doesn't have the same toolkit to fight domestic terror that it can use to fight international terror, legal experts and ex-FBI agents say.
Following the 9/11 attacks, the US government took an aggressive stance toward preventing and punishing acts of Islamist-inspired violence inside US borders, defining it as "international terrorism."

In contrast, there is no domestic terrorism statute.
Cases involving white supremacists are typically not prosecuted in US federal courts under terrorism statutes because they don't involve "foreign terrorist organizations."

They often land in state courts, becoming drug, fraud or murder cases.
Law enforcement simply doesn't have the same robust tool kit to address domestic terrorism that it can use to fight international terrorism, according to legal experts and former FBI agents.
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