National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published their most recent National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin. This updated bulletin builds on a previous bulletin released in January 2021 and summarizes the types of current terrorist threats that are being monitored and for which our nation is most at risk. Some heightened risks mentioned in the bulletin include:
- Violent extremists may seek to exploit the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions across the United States to conduct attacks against a broader range of targets after previous public capacity limits reduced opportunities for lethal attacks.
- Historically, mass-casualty Domestic Violent Extremist (DVE) attacks linked to racially- or ethnically-motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) have targeted houses of worship and crowded commercial facilities or gatherings. Some RMVEs advocate via social media and online platforms for a race war and have stated that civil disorder provides opportunities to engage in violence in furtherance of ideological objectives.
- Nation-state adversaries have increased efforts to sow discord. For example, Russian, Chinese and Iranian government-linked media outlets have repeatedly amplified conspiracy theories concerning the origins of COVID-19 and effectiveness of vaccines; in some cases, amplifying calls for violence targeting persons of Asian descent.
The bulletin also provides further information on what DHS is doing to monitor and prevent terrorist activity, along with important ways Americans can help.
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