US government warns of ‘unprecedented articulated threats’ against law enforcement

FBIA SECURITY BULLETIN ISSUED jointly by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns of a growing number of “articulated threats” against law enforcement. The bulletin connects these threats with the recent execution by the FBI of a search warrant at the Florida residence of former US President Donald Trump. Several US-based media, which have accessed the bulletin, described the volume of threats against law enforcement and other government personnel as “unprecedented”.

The bulletin, issued on Friday, said known threats were “occurring primarily online and across multiple platforms” in the social media ecosphere. Most threats were general in nature, and included calls for a civil war and an armed rebellion against the US government. The bulletin warned, however, that alongside general threats FBI and DHS agents were investigating “multiple articulated threats and calls for the targeted killing of judicial law enforcement and government officials”. Among those threats, some were “specific in identifying proposed targets and tactics, as well weaponry”, the bulletin added. At least one case involved a targeted threat to “place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters” in downtown Washington, DC. The term ‘dirty bomb’ refers to an improvised nuclear weapon consisting of conventional explosives and radioactive nuclear waste material.

There was particular concern over the weekend for the safety of those FBI special agents and other government officials, whose names appear on the official government documentation that relates to the search of Trump’s residence. The names of several FBI special agents were reportedly being circulated across online forums last week, while pro-Trump activists have vowed to publicize the personal information of dozens of FBI employees. An armed man who tried to storm the FBI field office in Cincinnati, OH, was shot dead on Thursday, following a car chase and gun battle with law enforcement personnel. Meanwhile, a group of armed protesters gathered on Saturday outside the FBI field office in Phoenix, AZ, but eventually dispersed without incident.

The bulletin warns that domestic violent extremists (DVEs) could potentially target “individuals implicated in conspiracy theories and perceived ideological opponents who challenge their worldview”. It adds that high profile DVE attacks in the coming weeks may inspire copycat actions, while the emergence of new conspiracy theories could add more fuel to the fire. The bulletin concludes by viewing the upcoming 2022 midterm election as “an additional flashpoint” around which DVEs could “escalate threats against perceived ideological opponents, including federal law enforcement personnel”.

Author: Joseph Fitsanakis | Date: 15 August 2022 | Permalink

4 Responses to US government warns of ‘unprecedented articulated threats’ against law enforcement

  1. 71feline says:

    Hi intelNews,

    I just want to comment that it’s odd that your website allows political inserts, nested in the center of an article reporting on threats to the men and women who serve our country, from a group that promotes violence against the men and women who serve our country.

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    While this ad is somewhat disguised to be an objective poll, if you exit your own webpage then re enter, another political ad replaces it showing Nancy Pelosi in stark black and white, asking for your readers’ view on her work. Both give off an insidious vibe.

    While I understand the need to accept ad income to pay for your website, political ads should be excluded. It is important for news organizations to remain nonpartisan no matter the personal views of those who run it. This is for the good and survival of our country.

    Regards, Terri Cheng

  2. Michael F Popolano says:

    It appears an interesting dichotomy is happening in America
    Democratic Party adherents advance defunding local police based on false narratives that have been popularized.
    Now it appears conservative or Republican Party adherents advance deep state conspiracies perpetrated by Federal law enforcement
    So one side of the aisle distrusts local law enforcement.
    While the other side distrusts Federal law enforcement.
    There may be an as yet undetermined common denominator is that is causing such distrust .

  3. Anonymous says:

    Two things about the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago palace:
    1. the raid might be intended to flush out the more extreme Trump loyalists. Better the threats show themselves, even dark social media sites, and
    2. One wonders whether Trump forwarded earlier Top Secret Nuclear documents to Trump’s political ally President Putin

  4. KHALID HASSAN says:

    Trump seems to have been subversive and horrible imposter, I could not have imagined that he would dare to steal national secrets after leaving the office to pile large stacks of highly classified documents in his house. FBI did the right thing by storming his home for the preservation of homeland security.

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