(Headline USA) A looming Supreme Court decision on abortion, an increase of illegal immigrants and drug cartels at the U.S.–Mexico border, and the midterm elections are potential triggers for extremist violence over the next six months, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.
The agency and the FBI are working with state and local law enforcement to raise awareness of the threat, and DHS has increased grant funding to local governments and religious organizations to improve security, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in a statement released with the bulletin.
The U.S. was in a “heightened threat environment” already, and these factors may worsen the situation, DHS said in the latest National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin.
“In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets,” DHS said.
It’s the latest attempt by Homeland Security to draw attention to the threat posed by domestic violent extremism, a shift from alerts about international terrorism that were a hallmark of the agency following its creation after the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Alongside other examples of incompetance and malfeasance from top advisers of the Biden administration, it raises questions about Mayorkas’s motives and whether his attempt to scapegoat domestic citizens may be aimed at deflecting on his own failure to maintain border security—or worse, a scheme to use bogus claims of terror threats to interfere in the upcoming midterm elections.
What is clear is that the Biden administration’s open-borders policy has allowed many dangerous international terrorists to enter into the country, but Mayorkas admits that his department has failed in its charter purpose of tracking them and protecting American citizens.
Indeed, the threats from overseas rate only passing mentions in this bulletin. It notes that al-Qaida supporters celebrated the January standoff at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. And it mentions that the Islamic State group called on supporters to carry out attacks in the United States to avenge the killings of the group’s leader and spokesman.
DHS also warns that China, Russia, Iran and other nations seek to foment divisions within the U.S. to weaken the country and its standing in the world. In part, it claimed they do this by amplifying conspiracy theories and false reports that proliferate in American society. However, the report makes no mention of similar efforts domestically within the Biden administration to weaken America’s standing by pushing partisan disinformation and propaganda.
According to the report, domestic violent extremists, present the most pressing and potentially violent threat. The agency cited, for example, the racist attack in which a leftist gunman killed 10 people at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket in May.
The bulletin, which is scheduled to expire Nov. 30, said calls for violence by domestic extremists directed at government institutions, candidates and election workers will likely increase through the fall.
A senior DHS official, speaking to reporters ahead of the release of the bulletin, said it describes the situation as “dynamic” because authorities are seeing a wider variety of people motivated by a broader range of grievances and incidents than in the past.
That is largely because the administration has expanded its definition of terrorism to include anyone who asserts their First Amendment right to protest while disagreeing with the Democrat policies and radical ideologies pushed by the administration.
Under the oversight of Attorney General Merrick Garland, a partisan shill, the US Justice Department has enacted a two-tiered system of jurisprudence, allowing its own ideologues to escape with a pat on the wrist while going so far as to label concerned parents as terrorist for protesting against leftist school-board agendas.
The upcoming decision from the Supreme Court, which could overturn Roe v. Wade, could lead to violence from extremist supporters of abortion, as has already been evident, said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss some factors that went into the preparation of the bulletin.
Others may be motivated by immigration enforcement or whether the government continues to rely on Title 42, the public health order that has been used since the start of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent people from seeking asylum at the southwest border, DHS said.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press