Department of Homeland Security issues terror advisory bulletin in light of ‘heightened threat environment in U.S.’


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(WJW) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin in light of a “heightened threat environment across the United States.”

The bulletin was issued Wednesday, and it expires on April 30.

The acting secretary of Homeland Security issued the bulletin “after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners,” according to a press release.

According to the release, the threat is “likely to persist over the coming weeks.”

The department does not have any information to indiciate a specific, credible plot, the release states.

But it went on to say:

“However, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence.”

The Department of Homeland Security asks the public to report any suspicious activity and threats of violence, including online, to local law enforcement or FBI.

It is not uncommon for the federal government to warn local law enforcement through bulletins and advisories about the prospect for violence tied to a particular date or event, such as July 4.

But this particular bulletin, issued through the the department’s National Terrorism Advisory System, is notable because it effectively places the Biden administration into the politically charged debate over how to describe or characterize acts motivated by political ideology and suggests that it sees violence aimed at overturning the election as akin to terrorism.

The wording of the single-page document suggests that national security officials see a connective thread between recent violence over the last year motivated by anti-government grievances, whether over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results or police use of force. It also singles out racially motivated acts of violence such as the 2019 rampage targeting Hispanics in Texas, as well as the threat posed by extremists motivated by foreign terrorist organizations.

The bulletin comes after the deadly Capitol seige on Jan. 6. DHS also notes violent riots in “recent days,” an apparent reference to events in Portland, Oregon, linked to anarchist groups.

The alert was issued by acting Homeland Security Secretary David Pekoske. Biden’s nominee for the Cabinet post, Alejandro Mayorkas, has not been confirmed by the Senate.

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