The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday post in a terrorism advisory bulletin concerns regarding extremists within the United States who pose a threat to the LGBTQ, Jewish, and migrant communities.
During a briefing on the bulletin, a senior DHS official noted that those Americans influenced by these violent ideologies are a “persistent and lethal threat. Intelligence officials have repeatedly noted the growth of extremism within the United States in the past few years. They also noted that the Islamic State terrorist group and Al Qaeda are not as persistent threats as they once were.
The bulletin which is the latest summary of national terrorism threats to be posted has become a document that is consistently updated every six months since the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.
Recent extremist attacks have included shootings at the LGBTQ bar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The report also noted the “enduring threat” faced by the Jewish community.
A senior DHS official was also asked about the effects of the rise of antisemitic remarks by celebrities such as Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, in increasing the threats faced by the Jewish community. In response, they replied that any high-profile official or celebrity who supports conspiracy theories could invite extremist violence.