About Extremism

Violent extremists are defined as “individuals who support or commit ideologically-motivated violence to further political goals.”

Violent Extremist threats within the United States can come from a range of violent extremist groups and individuals, including Domestic Terrorists and Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs).

DHS defines Domestic Terrorism as:  Any act of violence that is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources committed by a group or individual based and operating entirely within the United States or its territories without direction or inspiration from a foreign terrorist group.

The threat posed by violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology.

Groups and individuals inspired by a range of personal, religious, political, or other ideological beliefs promote and use violence.

Increasingly sophisticated use of the Internet, social media, and information technology by violent extremists adds an additional layer of complexity.

Source: https://www.dhs.gov/topic/countering-violent-extremism