DHS has issued a warning regarding of a “heightened threat environment” to federal buildings and other facilities which it “believes will persist” for weeks at least.
“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,” said the bulletin.
“DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some [domestic violent extremists] may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities,” said a bulletin from the National Terrorism Advisory System.
“DHS remains concerned that homegrown violent extremists inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat,” said the bulletin, which cites “anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force” as factors that could lead to additional attacks on government facilities.
A bulletin is the lowest of the advisory center’s three types of warnings, covering “current developments or general trends”; the others are an “elevated alert” and an “imminent alert.”
It recommended reporting suspicious activity to the FBI and other law enforcement; avoiding large crowds if possible; making note of surroundings and security personnel; and carrying emergency contact as well as medical and other needs information.