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A National Terrorism Advisory System warning was issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Jan. 27 regarding a potential threat of Domestic Violent Extremists (DVE). 

The bulletin released by the DHS outlined the increasing risk of attacks by “ideologically motivated violent extremists.” 

The DHS stated Domestic Violent Extremists (DVE) are angered over COVID-19 restrictions, the recent presidential election, and excessive police force use. 

“Today Acting Secretary Pekoske issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin,” DHS tweeted. “There is currently a heightened threat environment across the U.S. that is likely to persist over the coming weeks.”

There is concern that DVEs may continue to pose a threat through the early months of 2021, and other groups may be inspired by foreign terrorist groups or the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol building.

“DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat,” the bulletin said. 

“Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, including the electric, telecommunications and healthcare sectors, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.”

DHS reports that it will continue to work with other federal agencies and law enforcement to protect people and prioritize security around government facilities.

“DHS remains committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, identity or political views,” the bulletin continued. 

“DHS encourages state, local, tribal, and territorial homeland security partners to continue prioritizing physical security measures, particularly around government facilities, to protect people and critical infrastructure.”

The bulletin says people can help by reporting any suspicious activity and threats of violence to law enforcement or FBI field offices. 

DHS is also asking individuals to be prepared by avoiding large crowds and be responsible for their safety.

The bulletin, released on Jan. 27, will remain active through Apr. 30.

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Written ByLauren Akabori

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