New US Intelligence Report – Recent Riots Raise Extremist Domestic Terror Risk


The Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center published a Joint Intelligence Bulletin on Wednesday that warns that in the wake of the Capitol riot, domestic violent extremists ‘very likely pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021.’ The report was unclassified but labeled For Official Use Only (FOUO).

The document titled ‘Domestic Violent Extremists Emboldened in Aftermath of Capitol Breach, Elevated Domestic Terrorism Threat of Violence Likely Amid Political Transitions and Beyond’ explains how the Capitol attack on January 6 will inspire further attacks.

It does not, however, seem to address how earlier violent rioting by the Left, in Washington, D.C. and across America for months, also strongly contributed to the current threat mix. I noted this issue earlier here.

The Daily Mail provided photos of parts of the report. It notes that continuing political tensions and Covid lockdowns may inspire new threats fueled by racial division, QAnon conspiracies and other fringe views:

In 2021, threats and plotting of illegal activity, including destruction of property and violence targeting officials at all levels of the government, law enforcement, journalists, and infrastructure, as well as sporadic violence surrounding lawful protests, rallies, demonstrations, and other gatherings by [domestic violent extremists] will very likely increase due to renewed measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, socio-political conditions and perceived government overreach.

What makes these extremists more dangerous than others according to this report, is that some of them see violence ‘as a step toward achieving their initiatives’ and consider death ‘as an act of martyrdom.’

The report focuses on a range of Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) threats, including Militia Violent Extremists (MVEs), Racially Motivated Violent Extremists (RMVEs) and Anti-Authority Violent Extremists (AAVEs). In my view, the RMVEs can include both White and Black extremists. While the AAVEs should include anarchists on both the Left and Right Boogaloo bois and Antifa.

Government officials and property are not the only targets, though. Journalists may also be threatened by violent attacks, notes the report:

Criminal activity by rioters targeting members of the media at the breach is also indicative of an increased and prolonged threat of targeted violence against members of the press due to perceived complicity in a system hostile to their beliefs.

‘Murder the media’ was reportedly found scratched onto a door in the Capitol after the attack and rioting.

Sadly, as I noted above, from my reading of the selected portions of the report, it does not specifically address how months of violent BLM and Antifa rioting against police and federal facilities raised the domestic terrorism risk well before the Capitol attack. Some references to extremism based on grievances against “racial hierarchies” are hidden in the footnotes.

They deserve a more prominent and specific focus in this and other reports.

The violent leftist-inspired rioting from 2020, and related Marxist ‘revolutionary’ ideologies, should also be seen as part of the ongoing mix of violent threats. Watching leftist and anarchist rioters loot, burn and destroy federal buildings and private property, and attack local and federal law enforcement for months in cities throughout America mostly with impunity and often incited and enabled by sympathetic politicians – certainly encouraged other violent actors.

Those leftist extremists too will now also feel emboldened and provoked to ramp up their own violent activities and agendas, adding to the volatile mix and threat matrix.

Ignoring the other violent rioting and attacks on police which helped lead us to where we now are, and where we are heading, is a serious flaw in this, and other similar intelligence reports and analysis.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Adjunct George
7 days ago

‘What makes these extremists more dangerous than others according to this report, is that some of them see violence ‘as a step toward achieving their initiatives’ and consider death ‘as an act of martyrdom.’’ Seems to me to be a perfect description of the riots we suffered under this past summer.

BOBBY
7 days ago

Its like PIGOLOSI and ILLEGAL Vice President KAMILA Said, These are their Solders. Black Lives Matter and Antifa. They won’t put a stop to this.
BOBBY ~!~

Jim
Jim
7 days ago

Faux Joe n Kamelatoe cooked up the nearly almost mostly peaceful protests.
They supported it.
Aloud

Wyatt
Wyatt
7 days ago

These are the sort of actors who destroyed Czarist Russia in 1917 then brought Russia , renamed the Soviet Socialist Peoples Republic to ruin . These idealistic idiots pay no attention to history , therefore they are doomed to repeat it . Sadly the rest of America will need to repeat it as well .
Repeat it unless we stand up to these fools and resist . Resist at the ballot box , vote out those who see a seat in Congress or the Senate as a life calling , a way to make lots of money , to have power . We have to many there now , to many out for the easy dollar , the power to control . So these insurrectionist had best be careful what they wish for . They just might get it , especially once the mighty have no further use for them . But either way . Prison or Gitmo Await .
Let’s hope both can be filled with people like Biden , Hillary , Pelosi , Harris , Schumer and company .

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 days ago
Reply to  Wyatt

How can you resist it at the ballot box when your county changes the voters ballot like in Washington.

Marina
Marina
7 days ago

Pelosi organized ALL riots in the USA.
That is why Twitter and FB should cease, now the Antifa mob is going after innocent people.

Twitter and Facebook ARE NOT Private companies they have gone PUBLIC as they are publicly traded.

Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador, is also mounting an International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans.

  • All this “Conservative” sites should disconnect from Twitter and facebook use something else why anyone is sharing to FB or Twitter they are banning every conservative.
  • Twitter down 15% from $52 to $45, from last week to today, make sure everyone keeps telling everyone else to help this is the war we are fighting..
  • This is the next path forward, first Blocksite twitter and facebook from your internet provider, the state of Idaho internet provider blocked them both, in North Dakota banned users can sue Twitter and Facebook.
  • Use Ramble, GaB instead.
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Kay Kay
Kay Kay
7 days ago

The terrorists are ALL HOUSED, IN THE CAPITOL….. & on 1600 Pen.AVE, after the 21st. Jan….ALL FRAUDSTERS……

James Richards
James Richards
6 days ago

Ok

James Richards
James Richards
6 days ago

The Left Completely Ignore Any and All Violence and Threats Posed by Their Side, and can Only Find Fault with Their Opposition! Any Report Not Including the Actual and Potential Hazards coming from the Left Wing is Useless and is Only Put Out to Damage the Right!

Camus
Camus
6 days ago

Do you actually believe QAnon is a conspiracy theory or a realistic approach to what is happening?

We’ll find out in about two weeks of the democrats holding all power.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
6 days ago

My take on this is in Palosi’s administration all these riot’s fall on her and her followers, but it seems that every body else seem to think it falls on Trump. She really is to blame. It’s like she controlled all the mayors and governors .


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