This past Friday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security put out a release that summarized the current terrorism threat, and stated the “grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions” as possible threats.
“The Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current heightened threat environment across the United States. The Homeland continues to face a diverse and challenging threat environment leading up to and following the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks as well religious holidays we assess could serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence,” stated the department in its release. “These threats include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity. Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.”
Labelled under an “additional details” headline, the department stated:
Through the remainder of 2021, racially- or ethnically-motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) and anti-government/anti-authority violent extremists will remain a national threat priority for the United States. These extremists may seek to exploit the emergence of COVID-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks. Pandemic-related stressors have contributed to increased societal strains and tensions, driving several plots by domestic violent extremists, and they may contribute to more violence this year.
This was the first point of interest in the sections, just in front of the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorism attacks on New York City.
The ordeal surrounding the pandemic was the most common thread seen throughout the department’s assessment instead of foreign terrorists, despite the fact that the Taliban has been quickly gaining ground over in Afghanistan. The department also issued a warning about “false narratives and conspiracy theories,” even though it did make note of anti-police sentiment as well.
“Law enforcement have expressed concerns that the broader sharing of false narratives and conspiracy theories will gain traction in mainstream environments, resulting in individuals or small groups embracing violent tactics to achieve their desired objectives. With a diverse array of threats, DHS is concerned that increased outbreaks of violence in some locations, as well as targeted attacks against law enforcement, may strain local resources,” stated the department.
DHS then stated that it had plans to respond to these threats by continuing “to identify and evaluate calls for violence, including online activity associated with the spread of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and false narratives, by known or suspected threat actors and provide updated information, as necessary.”
The memo sent out by the DHS also seems to follow the multiple claims from Old Uncle Joe’s administration that “white supremacy” is the biggest threat to America.