US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence

Chelsia Rose Marcius, New York Daily News
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The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday warning that “domestic violent extremists” who object to the outcome of the presidential election still pose a threat following the U.S. Capitol siege on Jan. 6, just three weeks ago.

The notice indicated a “heightened threat environment across the United States” that the agency “believes will persist in the weeks following the successful presidential inauguration.”

“Information suggests that some ideologically motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the notice says.

The bulletin also cites “long-standing racial and ethnic tension” as a cause for concern, noting that domestic violent extremists last year targeted peaceful protesters.

These extremists were “motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities,” the notice says.