UNDATED (WOOD) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel testified before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday about the threat of domestic terrorism, which she called one of the most serious national security issues the United States faces.
Nessel said Michigan was no stranger to domestic terrorism, from the Michigan Militia in the 1990s and what she said was a connection to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols and the Oklahoma City bombing to last year’s plan to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Nessel said rooting out domestic terrorism takes cooperation of federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutors.
She also pointed out that there has been a sharp uptick in Michigan in domestic terrorism cases and people being charged.
“Michigan has recently seen a deluge of threats to legislators, judges and other government officials on both sides of the political aisle,” Nessel testified. “In just the past six months, we have issued charges against individuals in five separate cases for threatening public officials and that is honestly just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve been asked to review so many cases that my department had to establish a special procedure for complaint intake and add additional prosecutorial resources to handle complaint review.”
The attorney general’s testimony was part of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counter Terrorism‘s efforts to look into domestic terrorism following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Two representatives from Michigan are members of the subcommittee — Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, who chairs it; and Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids.