The United States is becoming unrecognizable. Biden’s Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory bulletin Wednesday “due to a heightened threat environment across the United States” that they expect “will persist” for weeks.
The bulletin states the threat is from “ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence.”
The advisory, which said there was no specific and credible threat at this time, comes on the heels of the Biden Administration announcing an extension of National Guard troops in Washington DC through March 31.
Biden’s inauguration last week occurred under heavy security, with more than 20,000 National Guard troops on duty. Officials have said troops will remain in Washington for the next few weeks, while the Senate proceeds with a second impeachment trial of now a non-sitting president, Donald J. Trump, on a charge of inciting insurrection.
National Guard Bureau spokesman, Wayne Hall explained, “As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7,000 members and will draw down to 5,000 through mid-March.”
This is more troops than are currently in Afghanistan.
The DHS advisory said domestic violent extremists were motivated by issues including anger over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, and police use of force.
It also cited “long-standing racial and ethnic tension -including opposition to immigration” as drivers of domestic violence attacks.
“DHS is concerned these same drivers to violence will remain through early 2021 and some Domestic Violent Extremists may be emboldened by the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to target elected officials and government facilities.”
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While Trump’s acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told a congressional hearing in September that ” we have seen over 100 days of violence and destruction in our cities. The co-opting of lawful protests led to destruction of government property and have turned deadly,” he stated that “I am particularly concerned about white supremacist violent extremists.”
It would seem the Biden administration is playing off this statement and using the riot at the Capitol on January 6 to justify a military state in our nation’s capitol.
“DHS remains committed to preventing violence and threats meant to intimidate or coerce specific populations on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, identity or political views,” the advisory promised.
“This step is wildly overdue, and I applaud the Biden administration for taking it,” Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Reuters.
While Dems are applauding the advisory and the troop commitment, Republicans are not as convinced as there has been no white supremacist domestic terrorist violence in Washington DC since January 6.
As Fox News reports, “A group of House Republicans are asking the Defense Department to brief them on why it is necessary for the National Guard to remain on Capitol Hill, amid plans to keep them there into March.
The 12 lawmakers — including Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; William Timmons, R-S.C.; Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Chris Stewart, R-Utah, and Lance Gooden, R-Texas — wrote to acting Army Secretary John Whitley for a briefing on reports that the National Guard will keep a presence of at least 5,000 troops into March.”
“Our intention is for the briefing to cover ongoing threats to the Capitol, justification of the decision for a significant troop presence through mid-March, and plans for troop utilization during the time period,” the letter states.
Senator Tom Cotton, in a Fox News op-ed, wrote, “I sit on the Intelligence Committee, but I’m aware of no specific, credible threat reporting—as distinguished from aspirational, uncoordinated bluster on the internet—that justifies this continued troop presence. Thus, I believe the rest of these soldiers should also go home to their families and civilian jobs.”
Biden last week directed his administration to conduct a full assessment of the risk of domestic terrorism. The assessment will be carried out by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in coordination with the FBI and DHS, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
“The January 6th assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat. The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve,” Psaki said.
It appears the Dems are scared of Trump supporters and rather than actually striving for unity they are using troops to intimidate them, flat out ignoring the real violent perpetrators, the “leftist extremists” who continue to riot, loot and burn the Portland and Seattle.
Sen. Cotton summed it up pretty well, “Rather than drawing the right lesson from these failures—that security measures should be calibrated to actual threats—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Capitol Hill security overreacted, egged on by excitable cable news pundits and Democratic partisans eager to portray President Donald Trump’s 74 million voters as ‘domestic terrorists.’”
Looks like we will live in a military state for awhile. Welcome to the Biden administration.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org