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Travis The Dragon

"Can you see them riding. Riding next to you!"

The Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the current heightened threat environment across the United States. The Homeland is facing threats that have evolved significantly and become increasingly complex and volatile in 2021. These threats include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or influenced by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. Social media and online forums are increasingly exploited by these actors to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and activity. Such threats also are exacerbated by the impacts from the ongoing global pandemic.

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Issued: May 14, 2021 02:00 pm
Expires: August 13, 2021 02:00 pm

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  • Violent extremists may seek to exploit the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions across the United States to conduct attacks against a broader range of targets after previous public capacity limits reduced opportunities for lethal attacks.
  • Historically, mass-casualty Domestic Violent Extremist (DVE) attacks linked to racially- or ethnically-motivated violent extremists (RMVEs) have targeted houses of worship and crowded commercial facilities or gatherings. Some RMVEs advocate via social media and online platforms for a race war and have stated that civil disorder provides opportunities to engage in violence in furtherance of ideological objectives.
  • Through 2020 and into 2021, government facilities and personnel have been common targets of DVEs, and opportunistic violent criminals are likely to exploit Constitutionally-protected freedom of speech activity linked to racial justice grievances and police use of force concerns, potentially targeting protestors perceived to be ideological opponents.
  • Ideologically-motivated violent extremists fueled by perceived grievances, false narratives, and conspiracy theories continue to share information online with the intent to incite violence. Online narratives across sites known to be frequented by individuals who hold violent extremist ideologies have called for violence against elected officials, political representatives, government facilities, law enforcement, religious or commercial facilities, and perceived ideologically-opposed individuals.
  • The use of encrypted messaging by lone offenders and small violent extremist cells may obscure operational indicators that provide specific warning of a pending act of violence.
  • Messaging from foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qa‘ida and ISIS, intended to inspire U.S.-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) continues to amplify narratives related to exploiting protests. HVEs, who have typically conducted attacks against soft targets, mass gatherings, and law enforcement, remain a threat to the Homeland.
  • Nation-state adversaries have increased efforts to sow discord. For example, Russian, Chinese and Iranian government-linked media outlets have repeatedly amplified conspiracy theories concerning the origins of COVID-19 and effectiveness of vaccines; in some cases, amplifying calls for violence targeting persons of Asian descent.
  • DHS encourages law enforcement and homeland security partners to be alert to these developments and prepared for any effects to public safety. Consistent with applicable law, state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement organizations should maintain situational awareness of online and physical activities that may be related to an evolving threat of violence.
 

Zare

Uniformly distributed hostility
Not politics, I don't know where to put it.


Drop droplet over any location in the US and see where it ends up.
 

bearfan

Ancient Mariner
Not politics, I don't know where to put it.


Drop droplet over any location in the US and see where it ends up.
That is pretty cool .. thanks. We have had seeming 100 billion rain drops at our house over the last week or so
 

Mosh

Winner of the 2020 Dumbest Comment Ever Award
Staff member
SCOTUS upholds the ACA for the third time. This was probably the last realistic effort (and I use that somewhat loosely) for conservatives to get rid of Obamacare.

My biggest takeaway is that as hard as it is to pass sweeping legislation, getting rid of it when it’s in the books is even harder. I hope Democrats are considering this while holding what is certainly going to be a rare and brief trifecta.
 

Yax

Ancient Mariner
Pretty sure this is the Democrats' fault. Biden in general and Kamala Harris in particular. Honestly, I'm waiting for a Fox angle in this direction. This is going to be politicized in one way or another, regardless of reality.
 

bearfan

Ancient Mariner
ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed several acts of sexual harassment that violated federal and state law, including the very regulations he signed and promoted in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, according to a long-awaited and devastating report issued Tuesday by state Attorney General Tish James


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Ideally .. adios Andrew. Jackass
 
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Mosh

Winner of the 2020 Dumbest Comment Ever Award
Staff member
He has to go.

Interestingly, we might be very close to seeing both CA and NY with Republican governors.
 

Jer

Love in anger
I'm just waiting to watch Chris Cuomo not say shit about it on his next program. First time I'd actively want to tune into his program.
I thought CNN banned him from covering his brother a couple of years ago. He used to have the governor on from time to time, but people raised concerns about it.
 

bearfan

Ancient Mariner
I thought CNN banned him from covering his brother a couple of years ago. He used to have the governor on from time to time, but people raised concerns about it.
They banned him when the #metoo claims came up. They had a lovefest prior to that
 

Flaming Blimp Crash

Ancient Mariner
Chris had his brother on a lot when the pandemic first started. Think he said on his program he was legally barred from talking about the allegations against his brother when the investigation was first opened.

It has to be a true elephant in the room moment whenever his program comes on now.
 

Mosh

Winner of the 2020 Dumbest Comment Ever Award
Staff member
Biden has called on him to resign, it’s hard to see him remaining governor for very long.
 

Cornfed Hick

Ancient Mariner
He has to go.

Interestingly, we might be very close to seeing both CA and NY with Republican governors.
That might help ameliorate the massive tent villages and vagrants shitting in the streets in LA or SF. Can't hurt. I know, I know, the 'broken windows' theory of policing has come under fire in some quarters, and it probably isn't a panacea that fixes everything, but I am also not convinced it has zero impact. Chaos begets chaos. The current state and local administrations in CA have been too permissive of the blight, which I think will lead to other problems.

Re Cuomo: I am shocked, SHOCKED, to find that hypocrisy is going on in here.
 

Onhell

Infinite Dreamer
So, the U.S is fucking up their relations with Cuba...AGAIN. I mean. What's the problem THIS time? There is no Castro, no USSR, what is the barrier preventing support/help of the island now?
 
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