NJOHSP Director Maples Testifies Before Congress on Funding Sources of Domestic Terrorists, Extremists
New Jersey Strong news – Hamilton, NJ: NJOHSP reports 1.15.2020.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Director Jared M. Maples of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and
Preparedness (NJOHSP) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security,
International Development, and Monetary Policy in Washington, D.C., on January 15 regarding how domestic
terrorists and extremists fund their activities.
The hearing, “A Persistent and Evolving Threat: An Examination of the Financing of Domestic Terrorism and
Extremism,” focused on ways financial institutions and law enforcement officials monitor the funding of
domestic terrorists and extremists, the challenges posed in achieving a stronger tracking methodology, and the
models and approaches that might be useful going forward.
NJOHSP considers domestic terrorism as violence committed by individuals or groups associated with U.S.-
based movements. This includes anti-government, race-based, religious, and single-issue extremist ideologies.
“My Office assessed that many organized domestic extremist activities are funded through criminal enterprises
such as the illicit sale of counterfeit goods, drug and weapon trafficking, cigarette smuggling, and various
fundraising methods,” said Jared M. Maples, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and
Preparedness. “It is an honor to share the intelligence gathered by NJOHSP regarding sources of domestic
terrorism funding, with a focus on prevention.”
Director Maples noted lone offenders typically do not need large amounts of funding to conduct their
operations, making it difficult to detect and prevent attacks. He also warned that cryptocurrencies could be used
to fund future domestic terrorist activities within New Jersey and across the United States.
NJOHSP continues to collaborate with law enforcement partners at the local, county, State, and federal levels to
identify and address these threats.
George Selim, Senior Vice President of Programs with the Anti-Defamation League; Mary McCord, Legal
Director at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection; Lecia Brooks, Chief Workforce
Transformation Officer and Member of the Senior Leadership Team at Southern Poverty Law Center; and Rena
Miller, Congressional Research Services Expert on Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Macroeconomic Policy,
also testified before the Subcommittee.