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Portman Urges Panel to Come Up with Ways to Prevent Domestic Terrorism

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Andy Chow
Statehouse News Bureau

A Senate committee heard testimony today about the threat of domestic terrorism. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sits on the panel and he’s hoping they will come up with ways to detect and prevent violence before it happens.

Portman acknowledges Ohio has its fair share of groups that engage in domestic terrorism. He says violent extremists from all sides of the ideological spectrum are increasingly using the internet to get their radical messages out to people. And he says they are taking that one step further.

“They have the ability to encourage people to come together and actually implement some of these threats that are out there so the online environment is huge in this. And that’s true in Ohio and it’s true everywhere," Portman says.

Portman hopes the hearings will identify ways to shut down extremists who pose a threat to others. He says the problem isn’t unique to Ohio but he says there are white supremacists and other groups in the state that could pose a threat to government leaders, safety forces, and others with whom they disagree.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.