Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Meirkas on Friday issued the latest terrorism advisory, warning of continuing threats across the country “that have developed significantly and rapidly. Have become complex and unstable. ”
The latest National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin comes as the department, formed after the 9/11 attacks, looks to counter an emerging, domestic threat within its borders that Came to the surface during the attack on the capital.
The bulletin also pegs back on a previous NTAS release after President Biden’s opening ceremony ended on Saturday.
The bulletin states that “ideologically motivated violent extremists who promote perceived complaints, false statements, and conspiracy theories continue to share information online with the intention of inciting violence.”
Friday’s threat advisory also warned that violent extremists could seek to take advantage of soft COVID-19 restrictions across the United States “as the chances of deadly attacks dwindle beyond previous public capacity limits.” “Attacks on large-scale targets.”
The bulletin warns the public of the routine use of extremists’ social media and online platforms to “engage in violence to advance ideological goals” and “civil war” claims of taking advantage of civil disorder. Be done The use of encrypted messaging by lone criminals and petty violent extremist cells poses a challenge to law enforcement operations, DHS confirmed in the advisory, as criminals aim to disrupt operational signals of future acts of violence. To clarify
“Today’s terrorist threat scenario is more complex, more dynamic and more diverse than it was many years ago,” Secretary Merkas told CBS News in a statement. “We know that it is important to provide timely and useful information to the public because we all work together to secure the homeland.”
“With the release of today’s NTAS Bulletin, we are advising the public that they are aware of the threats facing the United States, including those affected by domestic terrorism, complaint-based violence, and foreign terrorists.” Beware of Affected Threats. Harm Foreign Effects. In this emerging threat environment, DHS targets foreign and domestic terrorism and, while protecting privacy concerns, civil rights and civil liberties. It is redoubling our efforts to detect and disrupt all forms of violence. “
Foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, are targeting local extremists based in the United States, according to the bulletin, in hopes of expanding the dangerous narrative.
According to the bulletin, opponents of the nation-state have also stepped up efforts to sow discord, with Russian, Chinese and Iranian government-affiliated media outlets offering conspiracy theories about the origin of COVID-19 and the effectiveness of the vaccine. Has been collected for, some of which say. For violence against people of Asian descent.
The updated advisory also identifies places of worship, crowded commercial facilities or gatherings and government facilities as historic targets of domestic terrorism, and encourages local law enforcement partners to report violence to the federal government. Awareness of the growing threat of online and physical.
Earlier this month, the Biden administration, led by the National Security Council (NSC), completed a 100-day policy review of domestic violent extremism.
White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie told reporters, “Our ultimate goal with this review has always been to develop a strategy that will help the American people understand how we will deal with the threat posed by terrorism in the country.” This month. “I expect an update on this and the policy recommendations will be for weeks, not months. But for now, this is the process.”
Top counter-terrorism officials presented a preview of the policy tools under consideration to lawmakers at a congressional hearing late last month.
John Cohen, assistant secretary of counterterrorism at the DHS, told the House Homeland Security Committee that the Biden administration had enlisted the help of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration to help eradicate the threat of domestic violence. (TSA) has taken advantage of watch listing authorities. extremism
At the same hearing, John Godfrey, acting counterterrorism coordinator at the State Department, said that the administration was using terrorist positions – in particular, officials of designated terrorist groups (SDTGs) – racially and ethnically. Has cracked down on violent extremists. They are “close in one or two cases.”
Friday’s NTAS bulletin points to the results of a joint report released in March by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which predicts the ongoing Corona virus epidemic and “US Capital Violence” There will be “almost certainly” encouraging effects of the violation. Encourage domestic violent extremists to engage in more violence.
Intelligence agencies have found that racially or ethnically violent extremists and militia extremists pose “extremely deadly threats.” Ethnicly motivated extremists were determined to incite large-scale killings against civilians, while violent militia extremists typically target law enforcement and government officials and installations.
According to a memo for employees obtained by CBS News, and just last month, the DHS secretary himself launched an internal investigation into the threat of domestic violent extremism within the department.
Since 2015, the DHS has used the NTAS bulletin to identify “native terrorists” affected by foreign states or terrorist groups, but for the first time in its January advisory, the department identified a completely domestic threat to the homeland. Has issued a bulletin about.
DHS bulletins are designed to highlight current developments or trends regarding terrorist threats, and should not be confused with a loud warning, which warns of a credible threat of terrorism. Or an impending alert, a reliable, specific, and warning of an impending terrorist threat.
Friday’s NTAS Bulletin expires on August 13, 2021.
Catherine Watson contributed to this report.