Extremists pushing violence against Congress and health officials, DHS says

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WASHINGTON — Domestic extremists continue to take advantage of false narratives to fuel online violence, calling for attacks on members of Congress and public health and school officials, according to a new intelligence bulletin from the Department of Homeland. that they share information on how to make bombs. Security that paints a picture of constant danger.

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New National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, released Wednesday afternoon, replaces an existing bulletin published in August, which stated that “ethnically motivated violent extremists and anti-government/anti-authority violent extremists will continue to be a national threat priority to the United States.”

The new document includes many similar languages. But it speaks to some new developments, including the exploitation of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan by foreign terrorists and domestic racists.

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The document states that foreign Islamic extremists have sought to “use events related to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan to induce potential followers to carry out attacks in the US,” and that domestic extremists have sought to attack Afghan refugees inside the US. has tried to capitalize on concerns about the rehabilitation of

In general, the bulletin continued, “threats include threats posed by individuals and small groups engaged in violence, including those inspired or inspired by domestic violent extremists and foreign terrorists and other lethal foreign influences. These actors seek to influence and spread online.” continue to take advantage of the forums. Violent extremists perpetuate narratives and violent activity.”

The ongoing pandemic remains a spark for violent rhetoric, the DHS found, particularly by those angered by mask and vaccine mandates and restrictions on normal activity.

If a new COVID-19 variant emerges and new restrictions are imposed, “anti-government violent extremists could potentially use the new restrictions as an argument to target the government or public health facilities.”

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Foreign intelligence services, foreign terrorist organizations and domestic violent extremists “continue to present, amplify and disseminate online narratives of violence,” the bulletin said.

They “continue to gain inspiration through the consumption of information shared in online forums and to obtain operational guidance regarding the use of IEDs and small arms.”

“Extremists have called for attacks on elected officials, political representatives, government facilities, law enforcement, religious communities, commercial facilities and alleged ideological opponents.”

John Cohen, the head of DHS’s terrorism and intelligence division, told the House committee last week that “the period of threat we are in today is one of the most complex, volatile and dynamic I have experienced in my career.”

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