After the deadly January 6 Capitol building riot, government officials have grown increasingly concerned about the possibility of domestic extremists staging another violent event over frustration with the current political climate. In light of potential threats, National Guard troops will remain in the nation’s capital for an extended period.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an unexpected warning on Wednesday, alerting Americans that domestic extremists frustrated over the inauguration of US President Joe Biden may stage attacks in the coming weeks.
Although the department typically releases similar advisories through its National Terrorism Advisory System, alerts are regarded as those threats posed by foreign governments or militant groups, not domestic extremists. The system was last used in 2020 after officials warned of a possible retaliation by Iranian actors following the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.
Officials noted in the advisory that anger over COVID-19 restrictions, police use of force and the election result could fuel violent incidents “through early 2021.” Additionally, the bulletin indicated that some individuals may become emboldened by the deadly January 6 insurrection by Trump supporters which saw five people killed.
While the announcement warns of a perceived threat, the DHS noted that it does not have any information to indicate “specific” or “credible” plots, but did cite violence…