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US terrorism alert warns of politically motivated violence

Capitol Breach
Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 01:21:42-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has issued a national terrorism bulletin warning of the lingering potential for violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after President Joe Biden's election.

The bulletin suggests the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks. The department isn't citing a specific threat. But DHS points to "a heightened threat environment across the United States" that it believes "will persist" for weeks after Biden took office.

The wording suggests national security officials see a thread between recent violence over the past year motivated by anti-government grievances, whether over COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 election results, or police use of force.