The Department of Homeland Security has warned Americans to expect more vulnerable targets to be threatened or attacked in the near future. These attacks, they believe, are most likely from “domestic terrorists” — a term the Biden administration has used very loosely.
Because of this, the agency, established in the wake of the 9-11 terror attacks, is looking at a dramatic restructuring — one that focuses on homegrown threats.
Homeland Security released the new bulletin, the first since the recent wave of mass shootings, on Tuesday. It was dispersed through the National Terrorism Advisory System and remains in effect until Nov. 30.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkis, who seems unconcerned with terrorists sneaking in across our southern border, said the “heightened threat environment” is expected to be more extreme over the next several months. Likely sparks he listed include those upset over the 2020 election — of course — and fallout from the Supreme Court’s possible overturning of Roe v. Wade — surprisingly.
Targets, according to the DHS bulletin, included everything from public events and schools to government infrastructure and “perceived ideological opponents.”
Particularly disturbing are online posts by individuals praising the Texas elementary school mass shooting and urging copycat attacks on similar targets. The bulletin also points at both sides of the abortion issue who encourage violence against a range of people and facilities.
Another chilling determination by DHS analysts of recent tragedies are the ages of the perpetrators. The agency says of the nine deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. since 2018, six were carried out by gunmen 21 years old or younger.
Without mentioning the temporarily mothballed “Disinformation Board,” the DHS said other nations and foreign terrorists are intent on spurring violence, creating conflict and destablizing American institutions.
Meanwhile, DHS is launching an “urgent review” of initiatives to prevent “targeted violence” and “domestic violent extremism.” After the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, the department, established post 9-11, wants to restructure itself to go after domestic threats, which should concern conservatives.
This means that the agency founded to target dangers from beyond our borders is now turned inward. Threats must be stopped, but there is much that can go wrong with this game plan. What is legitimate political discourse and free speech and what are threats to American lives and security?
That’s a fine line that any federal agency charged with protecting the nation must grapple with. Take away too much freedom in the name of security, and those being defended will no longer be free.