The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an “elevated” terrorism alert on Tuesday due to several high-profile events in the coming months that could trigger acts of violence in the country.
In the alert, the government of Joe Biden indicates that it will monitor “risks of domestic terrorism and foreign adversaries” that could promote acts of violence and that would target public gatherings, schools, government facilities and personnel, and the media, among others.
“Threat actors have recently moved toward violence due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism. “, says the DHS in the statement.
The government said it continues to monitor “lone criminals and small groups” who are the main threat of mass casualty violence in the country.
Specifically, the DHS referred to the recent mass shootings in the supermarket in Buffalo (New York) and in the elementary school in Uvalde (Texas), which were motivated by ideological beliefs of both authors of the massacres and behind which Different conspiracy theories and extremism are around.
In addition, it warns about possible violent acts in the face of migration on the border between the United States and Mexico. “There is an increased risk that violent extremists will use policy changes related to border security to justify violence against minorities and officials at the border.”
Likewise, acts of violence could be expected after the decision made by the Supreme Court of Justice in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, a lawsuit over the restrictions imposed in 2018 in Mississippi in which abortion was prohibited after 15 weeks. .
In addition, the department warned of the possibility of attacks against candidates and officials in charge of the November legislative elections.
Although the biggest threats come from within the US, the Department of Homeland Security said that Russia, Iran, China and “other adversaries” such as terrorist groups could take advantage of that environment of violence to weaken the United States.