Canada has been butting heads with some of its closest allies over the extent to which rising white supremacy at home and abroad poses a global threat, federal insiders say.
The quiet but at-times-controversial diplomacy has come as Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, gearing up for a federal election campaign this fall, try to portray Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and his party as soft on white supremacy and so-called alt-right views.
Law enforcement has reportedly apprehended Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old who allegedly shot and killed nine people at an historic black church in South Carolina Wednesday night. Details are still emerging about his life, but the motive seemed to become quite clear when a survivor of the attack relayed a hateful and terrifying message.
"I have to do it," Roof apparently explained to his victims, all of whom were black. "You rape our women and you're taking over our country, and you have to go."
The murders of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, is being investigated by the Justice Department as a possible case of domestic terrorism, a U.S Justice Department spokeswoman said on Friday.
"The department is looking at this crime from all angles, including as a hate crime and as an act of domestic terrorism," Department of Justice spokeswoman Emily Pierce said in a statement.
The Department of Justice had not previously disclosed that domestic terrorism was one of the avenues being pursued in the case.
By Hayes Brown
January 18, 2013 |