DHS Advisory: Terrorism Threat to the United States
Issued on November 30, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared an advisory on their bulletin warning of domestic terrorist attacks within the United States. This advisory is currently set to expire on May 23, 2023.
“The United States remains in a heightened threat environment. Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to pose a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland…Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQIA+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents.”
Summarized, due to current violent events, there is speculation that the upcoming months will be more violently charged due to the midterm elections, large gatherings of minority religions, and the anniversary of the January 6th U.S. Capital breach.
Some extremists praise and strongly encourage even more violence following terrible events. Recent attacks of domestic terrorism include shootings taking place against LGBTQIA+ assemblies, Nancy Pelosi’s husband being assaulted with a hammer to the cranium, threatening attacks on synagogues via an online manifesto, and frequent mass shootings at educational establishments across the country.
The Department of Homeland Security is responding heavily by raising awareness and recognizing disinformation related to the security of the American people. Additionally, they’re taking steps by deeply monitoring for suspicious online activity or threats and extremism. DHS is partnering with nonprofits as well as faith-based and educational organizations in order to provide training for identification, prevention, and action against potential attackers.
DHS recommends citizens be aware and prepared for the chance of active shooters, especially in places of political business, worship, public gatherings, or schools. They also urge Americans to keep vigilant against false media narratives, and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement.
More sources and information can be found on their website.