Homeland Security Issues Domestic Terrorist Warning, Citing Those Who Seek to Sow Public Distrust in Government Institutions

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Free speech is on notice in America. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a terrorism threat bulletin through the National Terrorism Advisory System. That threat is freedom of speech exercising Americans upset with the direction the country is headed. Such threats include opposing government mask mandates, questioning confusing and often contradicting government health guidance, having a different opinion than the Democrat party and questioning the rampant corruption within the federal government and the Department of Justice.

DHS says Americans are being driven by foreign misinformation about their government.

“The primary terrorism-related threat to the United States continues to stem from lone offenders or small cells of individuals who are motivated by a range of foreign and/or domestic grievances often cultivated through the consumption of certain online content. The convergence of violent extremist ideologies, false or misleading narratives, and conspiracy theories have and will continue to contribute to a heightened threat of violence in the United States,” DHS said in the threat bulletin.

Some of those threats include discussions about election integrity as Democrats such as Stacey Abrams continues to push a narrative that she had her election stolen from her. Others include President Donald Trump’s allegations of election conspiracy and in 2016, Hillary Clinton claimed her Presidential election was stolen from her by Donald Trump.

“For example, there is widespread online proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding unsubstantiated widespread election fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes inspired violent extremist attacks during 2021,” DHS said. “

Now the federal government is warning Americans about the threat posed by other Americans who oppose mask mandates…just days after many of those mandates were lifted by state governors across the nation.

“As COVID-19 restrictions continue to decrease nationwide, increased access to commercial and government facilities and the rising number of mass gatherings could provide increased opportunities for individuals looking to commit acts of violence to do so, often with little or no warning,” DHS warned of impending mask related terrorism. “Meanwhile, COVID-19 mitigation measures—particularly COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates—have been used by domestic violent extremists to justify violence since 2020 and could continue to inspire these extremists to target government, healthcare, and academic institutions that they associate with those measures.”

DHS assess the high frustration levels to the influence of “Foreign Actors” and not the horrendous public policy set forth by the administration of President Joe Biden that has seen the COVID-19 pandemic rage, people lose their jobs, supply chain problems, radical left-wing agendas, and confusing and often contradicting COVID-19 guidelines between the federal and state governments.

In response, the DHS is mobilizing its domestic terrorism task force to engage in surveillance operations against Americans deemed a threat to national security.

DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis established a new, dedicated domestic terrorism branch to produce the sound, timely intelligence needed to counter related threats. The Department expanded its evaluation of online activity as part of its efforts to assess and prevent acts of violence while ensuring the protection of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

“DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) continue to share timely and actionable information and intelligence with the broadest audience possible. This includes sharing information and intelligence with our partners across every level of government and in the private sector. We conduct recurring threat briefings with private sector and state, local, tribal, territorial, and campus partners, including to inform security planning efforts. DHS remains committed to working with our partners to identify and prevent all forms of terrorism and targeted violence, and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe,” DHS said.

DHS is urging Americans to report suspicious behavior to your local FBI field office.

The Summary of the Brief reads as follows:

The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors. These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence. Mass casualty attacks and other acts of targeted violence conducted by lone offenders and small groups acting in furtherance of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances pose an ongoing threat to the nation. While the conditions underlying the heightened threat landscape have not significantly changed over the last year, the convergence of the following factors has increased the volatility, unpredictability, and complexity of the threat environment: (1) the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions; (2) continued calls for violence directed at U.S. critical infrastructure; soft targets and mass gatherings; faith-based institutions, such as churches, synagogues, and mosques; institutions of higher education; racial and religious minorities; government facilities and personnel, including law enforcement and the military; the media; and perceived ideological opponents; and (3) calls by foreign terrorist organizations for attacks on the United States based on recent events.