Chris Lange, FISM News
The Biden administration may be using political scare tactics as it warns that Americans should brace for an uptick in domestic terror attacks heading into the 2024 election.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a terror warning bulletin on May 24 indicating that “legislative or judicial decisions pertaining to sociopolitical issues” could trigger violence heading into election season.
“In the coming months, factors that could mobilize individuals to commit violence include their perceptions of the 2024 general election cycle and legislative or judicial decisions pertaining to sociopolitical issues,” the agency wrote.
The bulletin identified “likely targets” of potential violence as “U.S. critical infrastructure, faith-based institutions, individuals or events associated with the LGBTQIA+ community, schools, racial and ethnic minorities, and government facilities and personnel, including law enforcement.”
DHS cited a recent spate of violent acts throughout the country in its rationale for the heightened warning, including the mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville carried out by a trans-identified individual and the February arrests of two people accused of plotting an attack on a Maryland substation. According to the bulletin, the pair was “driven by a belief in the superiority of the white race.”
The agency further cautioned that foreign nationals have been encouraging “lone offender attacks” in the U.S.
“Both domestic violent extremists (DVEs) and those associated with foreign terrorist organizations continue to attempt to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the homeland, including through violent extremist messaging and online calls for violence,” the bulletin asserts.
GLARING OMISSION IN WARNING
Townhall managing editor Spencer Brown noted that one item was conspicuously missing from the bulletin.
“DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas released a new National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin this week, but it fails to mention any threat posed by individuals listed on terror watch lists who are illegally crossing the border in alarming numbers,” Brown wrote in a tweet.
House Republicans announced earlier this month that they had launched an investigation into the agency’s handling of the “elevated national security risk presented by an increasing number of aliens with terrorist ties illegally crossing the southwest border into the United States.”
“So far in Fiscal Year 2023, U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) has already encountered 96 individuals with derogatory information in the TSDB, in addition to the 98 individuals encountered in Fiscal Year 2022, and 15 encountered in Fiscal Year 2021,” the lawmakers wrote in a May 19 letter to DHS Secretary Alejandra Mayorkas.
“For comparison, FY 2020 saw three such individuals, zero in FY 2019, six in FY 2018, and two in FY 2017.” The missive noted that these encounters don’t include “known gotaways.”
“In FY 2022, there were more than 600,000 such ‘got-aways,’ and an impossible-to-know number of other unknown ‘got-aways’ who illegally entered the U.S. undetected,” the letter continued.
DHS urged Americans to “be prepared for emergency situations” in the coming months and to “remain aware of circumstances” that could place them “at risk” for violence. Citizens are encouraged to report potential threats and suspicious activity to their local authorities.