Homeland Security Warns of Potential Violence Over Roe

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is bracing for violence after an increase in threats over the leaked Supreme Court draft. An internal memo says the possibility of violent reaction to the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade is likely to continue or intensify.

DHS’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis notes warnings received of “burning down or storming” the Supreme Court and even the killing of justices and court clerks.

The wave of threats follows the unprecedented leak of a draft decision written by Justice Samuel Alito in February. The draft was published by Politico, and dozens of subsequent social media posts are flagged for encouraging violence by or against protestors.

After the leak, a tall fence was almost immediately erected around the Supreme Court building. Within days angry pro-abortion protestors descended on the homes of conservative justices

Some threats call for attacks on places of worship, and episodes of vandalism at churches have occurred. Lawmakers, clergy, and health care providers have been threaten, and multiple pro-life organization offices have also been attacked since the leak.

However, DHS specifically notes that extremists with racist goals such as “fighting white genocide” may resort to violence. The unclassified memo claims that abortion–related violence is generally carried out by opponents, but supporters of abortion may now be motivated to act.

So it’s possible, just possible, that leftists may resort to street violence in this one single instance. Perhaps a case of pointing towards potential issues when actual acts of violence are occuring.

A regional fusion center — that’s a state-level hub for gathering threat-related data — in Virginia warns that there may be attacks coming on abortion facilities. Another in Nevada says overturning Roe may threaten the safety of election workers in November.

The DHS memo notes that advocacy of political positions, activism, and even general philosophical support of violent tactics is constitutionally protected.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in late June or early July. If the leaked draft is any indication, the culture wars sweeping the nation will only intensify. Violence from all sides — not just the right — must be condemned.