(CNN) — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a new terrorism bulletin on Friday warning the public of the possibility of acts of violence around the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. upcoming religious holidays.
There is a diverse set of potential threats, including those from domestic terrorists and those that are inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists, according to the bulletin.
“These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity,” he says.
Threats are also exacerbated by the impacts of the pandemic, the document says, and include “complaints about public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.”
According to the public bulletin, the reopening of institutions, including schools, as well as various dates with religious significance in the coming months “could also provide more targets of opportunity for violence.”
However, there are currently no credible or imminent threats to these locations, according to the bulletin. Earlier this Friday, CNN reported that extremist rhetoric on the internet is strikingly similar to that prior to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, with increasing calls for violence linked to conspiracy theories and false narratives, it said in a statement. National Security Intelligence Chief John Cohen interviews.
While conspiracy theories vary, there has been a sustained narrative centered on the false premise that the presidential election was illegitimate, Cohen said. That narrative is accompanied by an increase in calls for violence to rectify the situation.
Law enforcement agencies have expressed concerns that the wider dissemination of false narratives and conspiracy theories will gain traction in more general settings leading to violence, according to the bulletin.
DHS is concerned that “increased outbreaks of violence in some places, as well as targeted attacks against law enforcement agencies, may strain local resources,” the document says.
This bulletin from the National Counseling System on Terrorism replaces one issued in May that highlighted concerns about the use of social media and online forums to influence and spread violent extremism.
Terrorism bulletins allow DHS to inform the American public of current threats facing the country and replace the color-coded alerts that were implemented after 9/11.
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