The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that online extremist forums have praised and encouraged copycat attacks of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
DHS issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin on June 7, warning that individuals online “routinely promulgate domestic violent extremist and conspiracy theory-related content” on the Uvalde shooting.
“Others have seized on the event to attempt to spread disinformation and incite grievances, including claims it was a government-staged event meant to advance gun control measures,” the bulletin added.
In a statement, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that the United States remains in a “heightened threat environment,” given the recent acts of violence in communities, including the Buffalo mass shooting fueled by racist ideology.
The bulletin warned that the threat environment could “become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets.”
The bulletin also showed concern about possible fallout from an expected Supreme Court decision that could overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights.
According to the bulletin, those in favor of abortion and those against have “encouraged violence, including against government, religious, and reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities, as well as those with opposing ideologies” on public forums.
The bulletin also warned that issues along the southern border could also be a triggering point for extremists.
The bulletin also said that foreign terrorist organizations “will likely continue to use online platforms to attempt to inspire U.S.-based individuals to engage in violent activity.”
The newly issued bulletin is the sixth issued since the beginning of the Biden administration in January 2020, and it will expire on Nov. 30.
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