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Politics DHS intelligence report: Threat of domestic terrorism 'could escalate' in 2021

00:11  04 march  2021
00:11  04 march  2021 Source:   news.yahoo.com

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The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence division circulated an internal report earlier this week saying it expects threats from far-right groups to persist and even escalate this year, according to a copy of the document obtained by Yahoo News.

The report singles out the boogaloo movement, a loose collection of individuals who agitate for a race war. “We judge the pool of violent adherents to this concept probably will continue to grow in the coming months, particularly among lone actors who perceive the Homeland as being vulnerable and close to collapse,” says the report, dated March 1.

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The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism advisory warning Wednesday, citing a “heightened threat environment across the U.S.,” weeks after the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. In an alert, DHS said Wednesday that a National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin would be in effect until April 30, saying the threat would “persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential inauguration.” While DHS does not have any information related to a specific, credible plot, the department said it remained concerned over violent extremists who were “motivated by a range of

The most significant terrorism threat currently facing the nation comes from lone offenders and small groups inspired by domestic extremist beliefs, including those based on false narratives spread on online and through social media, a DHS spokesperson told CNN. Since late 2019, DHS observed About a month later, DHS published its first annual homeland threat assessment that concluded, White supremacist extremists will remain the deadliest domestic terror threat to the US, while also detailing a range of threats from election interference to unprecedented storms. The DHS Office of Targeted

Members of the so-called boogaloo bois join other gun-rights advocates at a protest in Richmond, Va., Jan. 18, 2021. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News Members of the so-called boogaloo bois join other gun-rights advocates at a protest in Richmond, Va., Jan. 18, 2021. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The report comes a little more than month after the DHS issued a public national terrorism advisory warning about the heightened risk of domestic terrorism, and amid Senate hearings on the Jan 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. One of the issues raised during the Senate hearing on Wednesday was potential violence on March 4, a date on which QAnon followers believe Donald Trump will return to the office of president, a scenario that would be legally impossible.

The March 1 report was produced by the DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, a division charged with analyzing and disseminating reports to law enforcement agencies on emerging threats. This office has been under scrutiny for its failures in the run-up to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

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Former Homeland Security Department counterterrorism official, Nate Snyder, echoed Bratton’s sentiments on “The News with Shepard Smith.” “If you're talking about the lethality of the threat , domestic terrorism — meaning violent white supremacists, neo-Nazis, sovereign citizens, militia movements State capitols across the nation are facing the threat of violence in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugurations. FBI Director Christopher Wray told state officials to take any extremist threat seriously at a briefing on inauguration security at FEMA headquarters on Friday.

White supremacist extremists will remain the deadliest domestic terror threat to the United States, according to the Department of Homeland Security 's first annual homeland threat assessment, which details a range of threats from election interference to unprecedented storms. The report found that Russia is using online operations to try to sway US voters in the election. Moscow's main objective is to undermine the US electoral process and to divide and destabilize America. Russia's efforts included denigrating former Vice President Joe Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia "establishment."

Sen. Gary Peters called for a potential restructuring of the DHS office at the conclusion of Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday on the intelligence failures that led to the Jan 6 insurrection.

The DHS is under fire for not properly tracking and sharing information about the threat from white supremacists and other right-wing extremist groups in the run-up to the attack on the Capitol, and of exaggerating threat from antifa.

“We need to take a hard look at reforming DHS’s Investigations and Analysis office,” said Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the Senate homeland security committee during the hearing Wednesday.

Peters, who represents Michigan, a state that has seen a dramatic rise in extremist violence, most notably a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor, says DHS needs to do better in monitoring extremist groups.

The acting director of the office, Melissa Smislova, acknowledged its failures in the hearing Wednesday.

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Preventing Terrorism . Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is the reason DHS was created, and remains our highest priority. The United States faces a rising danger from terrorists and rogue states seeking to use weapons of mass destruction. A weapon of mass destruction is a nuclear, radiological, chemical, biological, or other device that is intended to harm a large number of people. The Department of Homeland Security works every day to prevent terrorists and other threat actors from using these weapons to harm Americans.

“We did not have anything specific about an attack on the Capitol to occur on Jan. 6. So we did not issue a separate report,” she told lawmakers. “In hindsight, we probably should have.”

She says DHS, FBI and the National Counterterrorism Centerissued a report Dec. 30 and she “thought that was sufficient.” She also said DHS intelligence office issued a bulletin late Tuesday about current and upcoming potential extremist threats to Washington DC associated with March 4.

The March 1 report obtained by Yahoo News, does not mention March 4 specifically, but warns of increased threats generally, including attacks on infrastructure.

In a statement to Yahoo News, a spokesperson for DHS emphasized that the department is working with law enforcement around the country to detect and prevent domestic terrorist attacks.

Security forces respond with tear gas after the US President Donald Trump's supporters breached the US Capitol security. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. (Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! News Security forces respond with tear gas after the US President Donald Trump's supporters breached the US Capitol security. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers were set to sign off Wednesday on President-elect Joe Biden's electoral victory in what was supposed to be a routine process headed to Inauguration Day. (Probal Rashid/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“DHS has warned that the threat from domestic violent extremism, particularly racially-motivated and anti-government extremists, did not end on Jan. 6 or Inauguration Day,” the spokesperson wrote. We are witnessing a years-long trend of false narratives fueling violence, and the current heightened security environment in the National Capital Region illustrates that this will be an ongoing challenge for law enforcement in the months to come.”

During her testimony Wednesday, Smislova also said DHS was considering contracting with outside groups who monitor domestic violent extremists activity online.

“We are looking at how to better understand the social media world so we can focus on where we might find specific and insightful information about what the adversary is thinking about,” Smislova said.

We cannot let fear create a new PATRIOT Act for Americans .
We should pursue a more measured approach to addressing the complex problem of domestic terrorism. Investigators and government agencies should make sure that these dangerous individuals are prosecuted to the fullest extent under the law. We can also mandate better hate crime and domestic terrorism reporting. Additionally, the U.S. government and civil society can engage with communities to help identify vulnerable groups and build resilience to radicalization.Like all things related to the phenomenon of extremism and radicalization, there is no silver bullet.

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