Homeland Security warned of potential domestic extremist violence just six days ago

capitol
Spc. Kevin Romig, 2nd Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Pennsylvania National Guard, from Reading, Pa., helps maintain a security perimeter around the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 10, 2021. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from several states have traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the event. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. George Roach)

The Department of Homeland Security sent out a bulletin last week warning that there could be an increase of violence by domestic extremists due to a series of conspiracies about former President Donald Trump.

According to CNN.com, rhetoric online was strikingly similar to that before Jan. 6. DHS Intelligence chief John Cohen explained many comments were about the "system" being "broken, and encouraging people to "take action into their own hands" or "bring out the gallows."

"Concern from a law enforcement perspective is at a certain point in time, all of the conspiracy theories that point to a change occurring through process are going to sort of wear out. And the question is going to be, are people going to try to resort to violence, in or in furtherance of, that false narrative?" Cohen told CNN at the time.

The bulletin also warned that reopening schools and other government buildings as well as religiously significant dates "could also provide increased targets of opportunity for violence."

Read the full report at CNN.com.

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.