(Daily Mail) – The Department of Homeland Security said it will be on ‘heightened alert’ this July 4th weekend for white supremacists looking to exploit states’ rollback of COVID-19 restrictions and attack a range of possible targets, officials told DailyMail.com.
The warning comes as officials say they’ve been monitoring a spike in online chatter that could indicate white supremacist-motivated attacks.
Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Alert System (NTAS) Bulletin, which it it said it won’t release to the public at this time, but ABC News obtained it.
‘In recent weeks, domestic violent extremists (DVEs) motivated by various violent ideologies have continued to advocate violence and plan attacks,’ the bulletin said, according to ABC News.
‘As of 16 June, racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist-white supremacists (RMVE-WSs) were sharing downloadable links to a publication discussing targeting mass gatherings, critical infrastructure and law enforcement officers,’ it said.
The Fourth of July weekend will likely have the highest number of large gatherings in 15 months, with more than 30 states rolling back nearly all of its COVID-19 restrictions. Read Full Article >