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Threat environment in U.S. to remain heightened in coming months, government says

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 2022-11-30
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WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The threat environment in the United States will remain heightened in coming months, with lone offenders and groups motivated by a range of ideologies posing a danger, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Wednesday.

Threat actors could exploit several upcoming events to justify or commit acts of violence, including certifications related to the midterm elections, the holiday season and associated large gatherings and the marking of two years since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the DHS said in a bulletin.

Wednesday's bulletin, called the "National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin", was issued to provide the public with information about the threat landscape facing country and how to stay safe.

"Our homeland continues to face a heightened threat environment - as we have seen, tragically, in recent acts of targeted violence - and is driven by violent extremists seeking to further a political or social goal or act on a grievance," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.

The threat assessment follows the recent Thanksgiving holiday in a week overshadowed by gun violence with two deadly shootings - one where an attacker opened fire in an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, killing five people; and the other wherein a Walmart employee gunned down six coworkers and turned the gun on himself in Chesapeake, Virginia.

It was the seventh such advisory issued by DHS since January 2021, when officials turned fresh attention to domestic threats after supporters of then-President Donald Trump had attacked the U.S. Capitol.

"Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents," the department said in the bulletin.

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Jim Adamson
12-01

The biggest threat to America is in the white house. They are great at using diversion tactics. The idea is to blame all conservatives who won't go along with their anti-American policies. Anyone that can't see how fast America is sinking in the last 2 years would have to be blind.

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Larry Dusold
11-30

If we don't remain frightened, the government may lose control. They'll need to confiscate our weapons to protect us. Just be a good sheep and be an example for the criminals, so they'll turn in their weapons too.

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A.dose.of.logic
12-01

Lol remember when the fbi groomed that kid taught him how to build a bomb and then when he did they put him in prison for life? Or when 14 people planned to kidnap Gov. Whitmer and come to find put 12 of the 14 were fbi. Seems like the only danger is the DOJ and the FBI.

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