In May 2017, NJOHSP hosted over 250 federal, state, and local intelligence and law enforcement, academic, and private-sector partners for the 2nd Annual Domestic Terrorism Conference. The event provided a forum to discuss the threat of extremists and groups aligned with race-based, single-issue, anti-government, and religious ideologies in the United States. Over the next several weeks, you will hear from some of the experts who shared their research and insights at the conference.
Intelligence Analyst Angie Gad sat down with Thomas E. Brzozowski, Counsel for Domestic Terrorism at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), to discuss the complexities of dealing with the domestic terrorism landscape in the United States. Mr. Brzozowski highlights the difficulties in defining domestic terrorism, ways the DOJ disrupts domestic terror plots, and how charges are levied against domestic terrorists.
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THOMAS E. BRZOZOWSKI
Counsel for Domestic Terrorism | US Department of Justice
Thomas E. Brzozowski currently serves as the Counsel for Domestic Terrorism in the Counterterrorism Section of the US Department of Justice. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the College of William & Mary in 1996, after which he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. Mr. Brzozowski spent three years as an artillery officer at Fort Bragg, North Carolina before he was selected to attend William & Mary Law School under the auspices of the US Army Funded Legal Education Program. After law school, Mr. Brzozowski spent six years in Europe serving as an officer in the US Army JAG Corps. He then left active duty and clerked for Judge Stanley Birch, Jr. at the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to taking up his present position, Mr. Brzozowski was an Assistant General Counsel in the FBI’s Office of General Counsel. Mr. Brzozowski also holds a Master of Laws degree in National Security Law from the Georgetown University Law Center and serves as a Deputy Legal Advisor to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the US Army Reserves.
US Department of Justice Counterterrorism Section
The Counterterrorism Section (CTS) is responsible for the design, implementation, and support of law enforcement efforts, legislative initiatives, policies and strategies relating to combating international and domestic terrorism. The Section seeks to assist, through investigation and prosecution, in preventing and disrupting acts of terrorism anywhere in the world that impact on significant United States interests and persons.
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