“Currently, the State Department has a foreign terrorist organization list,” notes Miller in her Care2 petition. “It’s time for the FBI to have a similar, domestic list. The KKK and their affiliated hate groups MUST be labeled as terrorists.”
The U.S. State Department bureau of counterterrorism states on their website that FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) “designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorists activities and pressuring groups to get out of the terrorism business.”
They go on to outline the legal criteria for FTO designation which includes the following:
- It must be a foreign organization.
- The organization must engage in terrorist activity, as defined in section 212 (a)(3)(B) of the INA (8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)),* or terrorism, as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989 (22 U.S.C. § 2656f(d)(2)),** or retain the capability and intent to engage in terrorist activity or terrorism.
- The organization’s terrorist activity or terrorism must threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or the economic interests) of the United States.