Violent home extremist teams might release assaults over new COVID-19 restrictions, the Department of Homeland Security warned

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  • Domestic extremist teams may just use new COVID-19 restrictions as an excuse to release violent assaults, in line with the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Pandemic-related social stressors drove a number of plots by way of home extremists and could have a hand in much more violence this yr, the DHS reported.
  • Earlier this yr, intelligence companies warned that politically motivated extremists will be the greatest nationwide risk. 

Domestic extremist teams might use new COVID-19 restrictions as an excuse to release violent assaults, in line with a caution in a brand new bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security.

“Pandemic-related stressors have contributed to increased societal strains and tensions, driving several plots by domestic violent extremists, and they may contribute to more violence this year,” the bulletin, launched Friday, states. 

The Department of Homeland Security mentioned the chance of violence by way of racially and ethnically motivated extremists, in addition to anti-government and anti-authority teams, will probably be a “national threat priority for the United States.”

The DHS announcement additionally warned of heightened possibility and “targeted violence” across the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, going down this September. 

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In a record following the January 6 assaults on the USA Capitol, US intelligence companies warned that extremists with “political grievances” will be the greatest home terrorism risk in 2021.

“The Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we all know: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned on the time. 

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