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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned Friday that the recent relaxation of some restrictions imposed on the coronavirus could provide new opportunities for domestic extremists.
“Violent extremists may seek to exploit the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions across the United States to launch attacks against a wider range of targets after previous public capabilities limited the chances of deadly attacks,” the ministry warned in its most recent advisory report on national terrorism. System bulletin.
The bulletin comes just a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors.
The health agency’s latest guidance comes amid a campaign by the Biden administration to urge reluctant Americans to get a vaccine.
The Department of Homeland Security indicated that some extremists are directly driven by COVID-19 issues and restrictions.
The ministry indicated that the foreign opponents “increased their efforts to sow discord” in the United States over the epidemic and the vaccine.
Government-linked Russian, Chinese and Iranian media have exaggerated conspiracy theories regarding the origins of COVID-19 and the efficacy of vaccines; In some cases, calls for violence targeting people of Asian descent are amplified. “
Friday’s newsletter was released shortly before the department released a joint report with the FBI that concluded that lone wolf representatives, who are often online extremists, pose the biggest threat and “are looking to attack soft targets with easily accessible weapons.”
The report states that “many of these violent extremists are motivated and inspired by a combination of social and political goals and personal grievances against their targets.”
The warning was not limited to COVID-19 only, as online discussions “stated that civil unrest provides opportunities to engage in violence to advance ideological goals.”
The Department of Homeland Security bulletin noted that government buildings and personnel are expected to remain a prime target, as well as protesters over “racial justice grievances and concerns about the use of force by police” who are seen as ideological opponents.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last year sparked nationwide protests over police brutality that continued in the summer of 2020. Last April, the former officer involved in the killing of Floyd was convicted of second-degree murder, among other charges.
Friday’s post is the second major warning from the Department of Homeland Security under the Biden administration.
Just days later President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls on the United States to support the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas The UN Secretary-General is “deeply disturbed” by the Israeli strike on a tall building housing the media The nation’s largest federation of nurses condemns the new CDC guidelines on masks MoreAt his inauguration, the Department of Homeland Security warned that local violent extremists would continue to voice their opposition to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and “other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives.”
“The Department of Homeland Security is concerned that these same drivers of violence will continue into early 2021, and some promoters of violence against women may be encouraged by the January 6, 2021 breach of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, to target elected officials and government facilities,” the agency wrote at the press conference. Time, using the acronym for Domestic Violent Extremists.
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