All Americans should be particularly attentive to the January 27th release by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of a bulletin warning of a continued threat from domestic violent extremists, as it portends a dangerous direction for national surveillance. No imminent or specific threat was identified, but it described “a heightened threat environment across the United States, which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration”. It continued, “Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence”.
The bulletin was issued through the DHS National Terrorism Advisory System and is particularly notable because it is obvious that the incoming Biden administration sees violence aimed at overturning the election as akin to terrorism.
Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, commended DHS for issuing the bulletin: “I am glad to see that DHS fully recognizes the threat posed by violent, right-wing extremists, and is taking efforts to communicate that threat to the American people.” There was no mention in the alert to be especially wary of those people wearing MAGA hats, but you get the picture.