One example flagged by DHS officials occurred May 7 when a social media administrator encouraged other users to engage in “unrelenting violence” as an alternative to counterprotest.
The National Capitol Region Threat Intelligence Consortium has identified and forwarded more than two dozen threats to relevant agencies for further investigation.
The memo also points to a threat first reported by CNN earlier this month in which Capitol Police about a threat against an religious abortion-rights protest
. Officials have been monitoring an uptick in social media chatter related to the leaked abortion ruling showing the Supreme Court will likely strike down federally protected access to abortion
. Days after the leaked draft appeared in Politico
, officials erected an eight-foot non-scalable fence around the Supreme Court building
Federal officials have been warning for more than a year that America remains in a heightened threat environment driven by political ideologies and disinformation
. The memo also shows that since July
2021, there have been at least four violent confrontations between ideological opponents at abortion-related protests in Oregon and California where people used smoke grenades
, paintball guns
, chemical irritants and bats
“DHS is committed to protecting Americans’ freedom of speech and other civil rights and civil liberties, including the right to peacefully protest,” a spokesperson for DHS said in a statement. “DHS is also committed to working with our partners across every level of government and the private sector to share timely information and intelligence, prevent all forms of violence, and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe.”
A former law enforcement source familiar with the process and counterterrorism planning noted that the threat facing the US today centers around foreign and domestic threat actors using high-visibility and socially divisive issues as an opportunity to call for acts of violence in the hopes that individuals will act upon them.
“Already we are seeing foreign and domestic threat actors call for violence directed at SCOTUS, clerks, health care providers, and those who are advocating on both sides of the issue,” ha detto la fonte.
“These threats need to be taken very seriously and law enforcement needs to ensure that any local threat is fully investigated and facilities are fully protected,” ha detto la fonte.
Further violence associated with abortion rights has happened before. Almeno 10 murders have been committed by anti-abortion rights extremists, as well as dozens of bombings and arsons targeting abortion providers and facilities, have occurred in the years following the Roe v. Decisione Wade, the memo says.
Nel 2021, several arson attacks targeted reproductive health care facilities while violent threats were directed at facilities, dottori, and patients, according to the memo.
Security bolstered in DC
Law enforcement and law makers around Washington have bolstered security surrounding the Justices and abortion-related protests. The Metropolitan Police Department has activated its Civil Disturbance Unit through May 20, and the US Marshals has said the agency is assisting Supreme Court police.
La settimana scorsa, Republicans in Congress and governors
’ mansions called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to enforce a 1950 federal law that makes it illegal to hold protests outside the homes of judges in order to influence their decisions
Nelle ultime settimane, protesters have held peaceful demonstrations outside the homes of multiple conservative Supreme Court justices. In a statement on May 11, a Justice Department spokesperson said Garland was continuing to be briefed on the “security matters related” to the justices and that he had directed the US Marshals Service to provide assistance to the separate police agency that provides security to the Supreme Court.
The statement came as Republicans ramped up pressure on Garland to enforce the law and as appropriateness of the protests have split Democrats, who are hoping the outrage over an expected Supreme Court decision gutting abortion rights will boost them in the midterms.
The White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have declined to condemn protests outside justices’ homes as long as they stay peaceful, while Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin called them “riprovevole” di giovedì. The Senate has also approved a new security package for justices and their families, introduced by Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and co-sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware. The bill’s prospects in the House are unclear.