“The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning that put Americans who oppose Covid-19 restrictions on par with jihadists who might strike on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. The bulletin also warned against those who may believe in “conspiracy theories” about election fraud.
In February, DHS Secretary Mayorkas designated combating domestic violent extremism as a National Priority Area. As a result, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments are required to spend at least 7.5%, or a minimum of $77-million, of their DHS grant awards toward combating this non-existing threat.
“The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a terror warning that appears to put Americans pushing back against Covid-19 restrictions on par with jihadists who might strike on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
A DHS bulletin published on Friday said that “anti-government, anti-authority violent extremists” may try to “exploit the emergence of Covid-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the US as a rationale to conduct attacks.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has stoked “societal strains and tensions,” the DHS said, “driving several plots by domestic violent extremists, and they may contribute to more violence this year.”
The terrorism warning, which runs through November 11, cited a host of other potential threats, including violent bigots who may perpetrate mass-casualty attacks, “though there are currently no credible or imminent threats identified.”
Department of Homeland Security bulletin: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/08/13/dhs-issues-new-national-terrorism-advisory-system-ntas-bulletin