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Politics Fueled by the US Capitol siege, violent extremists with 'political grievances' will likely pose the 'greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021,' intelligence report says

06:40  14 january  2021
06:40  14 january  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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These extremists “will very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021 .” “These [ extremists ] and others may also perceive the While members of Congress were in lockdown during last week’s siege on the Capitol , Republican members were captured on video refusing to wear masks.

Antigovernment militias and racists extremists “very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021 ,” the agencies said . The Capitol breach, as well as conspiracy theories from QAnon, will likely inspire such extremists “to engage in more sporadic, lone-actor or small-cell violence

a group of people standing in front of a building: In this Jan. 6, 2021 photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File © AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File In this Jan. 6, 2021 photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File
  • In a report released in the wake of the violent siege on the US Capitol, US intelligence agencies warned that violent extremists with "political grievances" are likely to pose the "greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021."
  • The report said the Capitol siege is viewed as a success by some extremists and will likely inspire more violence, particularly against lawmakers, journalists, law enforcement, and racial, ethnic and religious minorities.
  • The report also directly linked unsubstantiated beliefs about election fraud to the likely increase in violence.
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In a report released in the wake of the violent siege on the US Capitol, US intelligence agencies warned that violent extremists with "political grievances" are likely to pose the "greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021."

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Officials warn domestic extremists 'very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021 '. Government officials say last week's Capitol riot will likely encourage domestic extremists to The report noted that some of the rioters displayed symbols associated with violent extremists

The most recent draft report predicts an "elevated threat environment at least through" early next year, concluding that some US -based violent extremists have Although foreign terrorist organizations will continue to call for attacks on the US , the report says , they "probably will remain constrained in their

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin, which was obtained by Yahoo News, was produced by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center.

The report says the violent breach of the Capitol "very likely will serve as a significant driver of violence" for "domestic violent extremists."

"In 2021, threats and plotting of illegal activity, including the destruction of property and violence targeting officials at all levels of the government, law enforcement, journalists, and infrastructure" are very likely to increase, the report says.

It also names "racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists," "militia violent extremists," and extremists who follow QAnon conspiracy theories as likely threats.

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The report is dated January 13, one week after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to contest the results of the election, causing lawmakers to evacuate and resulting in five deaths.

One of those deaths included Ashli Babbitt, a supporter of President Donald Trump who was shot and killed by law enforcement while participating in the riots.

The intelligence report said the death of one of the rioters, presumably a reference to Babbitt, could further motivate extremists who "consider the death of a perceived like-minded individual as an act of martyrdom."

The Capitol siege has been widely condemned by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, and has resulted in the second impeachment for Trump, after the House passed the articles Wednesday accusing the president of an "incitement of insurrection."

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The subsequent riot at the Capitol left five people dead, but Trump has denied responsibility and claimed his remarks were "totally appropriate" despite facing a bipartisan rebuke.Trump was previously impeached in 2019 for pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.

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The Senate will soon hold a trial to determine whether to convict and remove Trump, though that outcome is unlikely and would probably occur after Trump has already left office.

During the riots, the president did not condemn the violence at the Capitol and told those participating: "go home, we love you, you are very special." He has since spoken out against the violence, saying those who broke the law "will pay."

But the intelligence report says some extremists view the insurrection as a success, and are likely encouraged by it, saying it could also galvanize "more sporadic, lone actor" violence against common targets like "racial, ethnic, or religious minorities and institutions, law enforcement, and government buildings and officials.

It also says members of the press are likely to be targeted, citing the treatment of journalists during the breach by the rioters.

The report explicitly ties unsubstantiated beliefs about a fraudulent election to a likely increase in violence, particularly threats to elected officials. It also echoed earlier reports that calls for violence related to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden have increased since the Capitol riots.

The Capitol riots are likely to be part of a trend where extremists "exploit lawful protests, rallies, demonstrations, and other gatherings to carry our ideologically-motivated violence and criminal activity," the report says.

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center did not respond to Insider's request for comment Wednesday evening.

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