The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is warning Americans of an “increasing but modest” threat of violence emerging from former President Trump-related conspiracies.
DHS claims the conspiracies are spread online by foreign and domestic terrorists as well as “domestic extremist thought leaders.” A DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis bulletin, obtained by ABC News reads, “Some conspiracy theories associated with reinstating former President Trump have included calls for violence if desired outcomes are not realized.”
The bulletin was not publicly released by ABC News. According to ABC, the bulletin continued, “Past circumstances have illustrated that calls for violence could expand rapidly in the public domain and may be occurring outside of publicly available channels.” The office is likely referring to the protests at the US Capitol earlier this year. “As such, lone offenders and small groups of individuals could mobilize to violence with little-to-no warning.”
Alleged conspiracies relating to the 2020 elections may not be so, as there are ongoing audits and reports of thousands of missing ballots. The DHS did not point to any specific groups or locations where violence may occur in relation to this contested topic.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
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