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Homeland Security: The United States remains in a heightened threat environment

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Ridgewood NJ, The United States remains in a heightened threat environment. 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.  Domestic actors and foreign terrorist organizations continue to maintain a visible presence online in attempts to motivate supporters to conduct attacks in the Homeland.  Threat actors have recently mobilized to violence, citing factors such as reactions to current events and adherence to violent extremist ideologies. In the coming months, threat actors could exploit several upcoming events to justify or commit acts of violence, including certifications related to the midterm elections, the holiday season and associated large gatherings, the marking of two years since the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and potential sociopolitical developments connected to ideological beliefs or personal hostility. Targets of potential violence include public gatherings, faith-based institutions, the LGBTQI+ community, schools, racial and religious minorities, government facilities and personnel, U.S. critical infrastructure, the media, and perceived ideological opponents.

https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/national-terrorism-advisory-system-bulletin-november-30-2022

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DHS Advisory Warns of ‘Heightened Threat Environment’ Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary

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Ridgewood NJ, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as well as upcoming religious holidays, “could serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence,” according to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). A National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin issued on August 13 states that a “heightened threat environment” across the United States presents diverse and challenging threats from both domestic and foreign actors who communicate online to spread narratives and promote violent activity. Violent extremists motivated by race, ethnicity, or anti-government beliefs could use the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and associated restrictions as a focal point for action.

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