The US DHS has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States. Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to pose a ‘persistent and lethal threat to the homeland’ says the Bulletin.
In the coming months, DHS expects the threat environment to remain heightened and threat actors could exploit several upcoming events to justify or commit acts of violence. These targets could include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, US critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents.
Several recent attacks, plots, and threats of violence demonstrate the continued dynamic and complex nature of the threat environment in the United States. Domestic actors and foreign terrorist organizations — who remain intent on attacking America — continue to maintain a visible presence online in attempts to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the US homeland. Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence, citing factors such as reactions to current events and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, and some domestic violent extremists who have conducted attacks have cited previous attacks and attackers as inspiration.
Continued heightened political tensions in the US could contribute to individuals mobilizing to violence based on personalized grievances.
This NTAS Bulletin will expire on May 24, 2023. Read it here.