US alert warns of political domestic terrorism

US alert warns of political domestic terrorism

(STL.News) The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin warning of the lingering potential for violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after President Joe Biden’s election. (Jan. 28)

The department did not cite any specific plots but pointed to “a heightened threat environment across the United States” that it believes “will persist” for weeks after Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.

It is not uncommon for the federal government to warn local law enforcement through bulletins about the prospect for violence tied to a particular event or date, such as July 4.

Eric Tucker, an Associated Press reporter said this particular bulletin is notable because it was issued through the department’s National Terrorism Advisory System.

“It was effectively acknowledging that violence from domestic extremists, namely people who are in America without any connection to foreign governments or international terrorism, that the acts that they commit are akin to what we traditionally, historically think of as acts of terrorism,” Tucker said.

The bulletin is an indication that national security officials see a connective thread between different episodes of violence in the last year motivated by anti-government grievances, including over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force. 

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