DHS tells agencies to be on alert, protect employees
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jan 29, 2021
In light of the deadly riots at the U.S. Capital last month, the Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to the heads of federal agencies that government employees and facilities may be a target for a continuance in violence and domestic terrorism.
“Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence,” the Jan. 27 bulletin states.
DHS also cites long-standing racial and ethnic tension, increased anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, conspiracy theories and misinformation from extremist as many of the reasons officials need to be on a heightened alert and “continue prioritizing physical security measures, particularly around government facilities, to protect people and critical infrastructure.”
According to the bulletin, "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."
The agency is asking for assistance with reporting suspicious activity and threats of violence, including online activity.