Just days after a White Nationalist attacked the White House by ramming a truck into the security barrier waving a Nazi flag, the Department of Homeland Security reissued a National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin this week saying a combination of anger, ideologies and opportunities “pose a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland.”
“That [neo-Nazi] theme is being propounded more effectively now than it was several years ago,” according to a DHS official, saying that several prominent white supremacists’ texts have been gaining traction in online forums after being converted into audiobooks.
“Recent tragic events highlight the continued heightened threat environment our nation faces,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. The latest bulletin warns the biggest threat comes from individuals and small groups prepared to act either on personal grievances or a range of ideological beliefs.
the DHS bulletin points to the May 6 shooting in Allen, Texas, noting the gunman espoused both white supremacist and involuntary celibate, or “incel,” beliefs.
Government facilities are just part of a long list of potential targets, which includes the country’s critical infrastructure, faith-based groups, those associated with LGBTQIA+ community, racial and ethnic minorities, and schools.
DHS officials say they see a potential for danger as candidates start announcing their intentions to run for president and the 2024 election cycle gets underway.
Additionally, DHS officials said they continue to worry about threats from nation-state actors like Iran, as well as the potential threat from terror groups like Islamic State and al-Qaida, though some officials in recent months have downplayed the likelihood of a foreign terror attack on U.S. soil.