The Department of Homeland Security warns that they can use the lifting of pandemic restrictions to launch attacks
Washington— The National Terrorism Alert issued by the US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned that violent extremists may use the lifting of epidemic restrictions to launch attacks.
The alert did not mention specific threats, but warned that the complexity and turbulence of internal terrorists inspired by various motives, racial or ethnic hatred, and influences from abroad, these threats may pose potential dangers.
Covid-19 has exacerbated these threats, sparked conspiracy theories, and deepened the pain for the government in certain sectors of the stagnant economy. As the pandemic situation improves, warnings indicate that new dangers are looming.
The announcement said: “After previous capacity restrictions in public places reduced the chance of fatal attacks, violent extremists may try to use the United States to lift restrictions to attack a wide range of targets.”
He did not specify a specific target, but pointed out that historically, extremists driven by racial and ethnic hatred have attacked religious institutions, businesses, or populated congregations.
The National Terrorism Advisory System announcement issued by the Department of Homeland Security is an extension of another announcement issued after the January 6 attack on the Capitol in Washington. The alert expires on Saturday.
The document reflects the country’s concerns about family extremism, especially motivated by racial or ethnic hatred, which has been going on for months, even under the leadership of the previous government.
The concern for domestic extremists has to some extent overshadowed the concern for foreign terrorist organizations such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, although the alert warns that these two organizations are still trying to launch attacks within the country.
According to the alert, there are also rivals such as Russia, China and Iran who are amplifying conspiracy theories about the origin of the coronavirus and calling for violence against people from Asia.