The Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin Friday warning that the United States is “facing threats…posed by domestic terrorists” and that “violent extremists” may attempt to “exploit easing COVID-19-related restrictions.”
“The Homeland is facing threats that have evolved significantly and become increasingly complex and volatile in 2021. These threats include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or influenced by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences,” the bulletin states.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced the bulletin in a tweet Friday afternoon.
— Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (@SecMayorkas) May 14, 2021
“Today I issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System #NTAS Bulletin after consulting with Intelligence Community and law enforcement partners,” Mayorkas wrote.
“Social media and online forums are increasingly exploited by these actors to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and activity. Such threats also are exacerbated by the impacts from the ongoing global pandemic.”