US Warns of 'Heightened Threat Environment' from Extremists Emboldened by Capitol Attack

US Warns of 'Heightened Threat Environment' from Extremists Emboldened by Capitol Attack

Speaking on the bulletin, Congressman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, who is also the chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, said that the Capitol attack "shined a light on a threat" that was imminent for years, The Guardian reported.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, warning that the increased threat of potential violence could persist for several weeks.

The alert comes at a tense time after the riot at the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump who were seeking to overturn the presidential election.

National security officials have sounded the alarm on domestic terror threats within the US for years and concerns have grown as Trump loyalists stormed the US Capitol in a failed effort to prevent lawmakers from confirming the results of the US election.

It also noted that some extremists "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".

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The NTAS however, is the lowest-level type of advisory issued by the Department, warning of general trends rather than specific credible threats, according to local media reports. No other bulletin in recent years has been issued to alert Americans about violence by domestic extremists, records show.

"There does not appear to be anything alarmist or should cause people concern, but there is an increasing stridency after January 6 by violent groups promising to carry out more acts of violence in Washington and state capitals", said Warrick, now a fellow at the Atlantic Council. DHS said the motivations behind the attack could remain in place for coming months.

DHS warned that the attack on the Capitol could inspire domestic extremists to attack other elected officials or government buildings. His lawyer told his hometown newspaper, The Napa Valley Register, that he is a "very well-respected small business owner, father, and family man" who does not belong to any violent organizations. And while more attacks on federal and state buildings were expected in the days after the January 6 attack, none materialized amid a beefed up law enforcement response. Terrorism warnings issued to the public like the bulletin Wednesday are rare: The most recent came a year ago during a period of tension with Iran after the USA military's killing of Gen Qassem Soleimani. "The Biden administration will approach this threat with the necessary resources and resolve".

Homeland Security Secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas awaits confirmation of his appointment by the Senate as a terrorism advisory has been issued. He added, "We have to be candid and face what the real risk is".

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