By Whitney Wild, CNN
(CNN) — The Department of Homeland Security is warning that U.S. threats could become even more volatile during the summer and mid-election seasons, fueled by election-year misinformation and potential violence surrounding an upcoming abortion-rights Supreme Court ruling.
“Threat actors have recently mobilized into violence based on factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism,” a bulletin of the National Terrorism Advisory System read said Tuesday.
“First and foremost, one of the most important upcoming events that we are concerned about is the midterm election,” said a senior DHS official. The official noted that those who harbor grievances about the 2020 election and are fueled by misinformation may feel compelled to respond to the election season with violence.
“As the United States enters mid-election season this year, we estimate that calls for violence by domestic violent extremists targeting Democratic institutions, political candidates, party offices, election rallies, and poll workers are likely to increase,” the statement said Bulletin of CNN, said.
Another major worrying event: A final Supreme Court ruling in a case involving Roe v. directly challenges Wade’s claim to a constitutional right to abortion. Votes and language are subject to change ahead of the final statement, which is unlikely to be published until late June, but a draft statement containing Roe v. Wade would fall.
“Facing a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case on abortion rights, pro- and anti-abortion advocates have called for violence in public forums, including against governments, religious and reproductive health workers and organizations, and those opposed to ideologies ‘ the DHS warning said.
The senior official warned that “we are concerned that complaints about restricting access to abortion in general could spark a broader response”.
Traditionally, terror bulletins warn of threats from groups beyond America’s borders. Tuesday’s bulletin — the sixth since the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol — continues a pattern in which DHS is sounding the alarm about threats from Americans. The Bulletin notes that foreign influencers are likely to usurp and exploit the division in America.
“Foreign adversaries — including terrorist organizations and nation-state adversaries — continue to seek to exploit the threat environment to encourage or inspire violence, sow discord, or undermine U.S. democratic institutions,” the bulletin said.
Federal officials also warn that social media remains a major risk.
“Individuals on online forums, which routinely disseminate content related to violent extremists and domestic conspiracy theories, have praised the May 2022 mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and encouraged copycat attacks,” the bulletin said. “Others have used the event to try to spread disinformation and fuel grievances, including claims that it was a government-staged event designed to advance gun control action.”
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