Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy speaks onstage during a public program at the Museum Auditorium. McCord is sitting with her legs crossed as she gestures with her left hand and looks out at the audience. To her right is Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. He is listening with his legs crossed. To the left of McCord is the moderator. She is holding a clipboard.
Photo by Monika Graff

Prosecuting Domestic Terrorists

  • Thursday, February 20
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Museum Auditorium

In 2019, high profile attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California, raised questions about how these killers are prosecuted. Despite the public perception that attacks like El Paso and Gilroy are acts of domestic terrorism, “domestic terrorism” is not a formal federal crime. Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism discuss what constitutes “domestic terrorism” and the challenges in prosecuting it.

 

Photos

  • In this view from the stage, Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection speaks onstage as Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism listens to her right. McCord is holding up both of her hands as she looks out towards the audience. A female moderator in the foreground is holding a clipboard as she sits and listens to the left of McCord.
  • In this wide-angle view of the Museum Auditorium stage, Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism speaks as silhouetted audience members watch in the foreground. Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection looks at Hughes as she sits to his left. A female moderator also sits to Hughes’ left. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum logo is projected on a wall above the three of them.
  • Mary McCord of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection appears to be listening to someone out of view as she sits with her hands folded and legs crossed on the Museum Auditorium stage. Seamus Hughes of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism sits and listens beside her with his legs crossed. The wall is lit up blue behind the two of them.
Photos by Monika Graff

Videos

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Other Resources

  • Blog Post: "Q&A with Mary McCord: What Everyone Needs to Know About Prosecuting Domestic Terrorism"

Through the second annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum Summit on Security, presented by First Data, now Fiserv, public programs in 2020 are made possible by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist & Craig Newmark Philanthropies, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lockheed Martin Corporation, SOS Security, and Verizon.

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