US DHS Issue Warning of Heightened Threat of Domestic Violence

Security personnel in all ports and waterside facilities should be prepared and remain vigilant.

The US DHS has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to a heightened threat of domestic violence across the United States

Throughout 2020, Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeted individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity.

DVEs motivated by a range of issues, including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force have plotted and on occasion carried out attacks against government facilities.

Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration—has driven DVE attacks, including a 2019 shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 23 people.

The DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some DVEs 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.

DHS remains concerned that Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) inspired by foreign terrorist groups, who committed three attacks targeting government officials in 2020, remain a threat.

Threats of violence against critical infrastructure, increased in 2020 with violent extremists citing misinformation and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 for their actions.

The DHS recommends Connect, Plan, Train, and Report to prepare citizens businesses & employees.