Here is some of the information that led to the latest DHS warning

WASHINGTON – “How long before a politician is killed for forcing vaccines?” someone posted on a social media platform monitored by law enforcement. Responses were numerous and discussed targeting US and Australian politicians, US-bound migrants, and mass transit and passenger rail systems with chlorine gas and / or unmanned aircraft systems loaded. explosives in response to vaccination warrants.

The online posts discussing the targeting of politicians, migrants and transit systems in response to vaccination warrants, have been flagged by the Department of Homeland Security and sent to law enforcement for further investigation, according to internal intelligence reports obtained by Yahoo News.

The vaccine discussion was just one example of some of the potential online threats law enforcement has tracked in the weeks leading up to an update to the National Environmental Threats Advisory System Bulletin. increased threat before the holiday season.

DHS released the new threat bulletin on Wednesday, the fourth such warning issued since January 2021. “These threats include those posed by individuals and small groups engaged in violence, including domestic violent extremists (DVE) and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other evil foreign influences, ”the bulletin says.

The bulletin cites the pandemic and public health measures among the factors contributing to these threats.

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According to raw inside law enforcement intelligence and other reports obtained by Yahoo News, online posts currently monitored include threats against doctors and hospitals administering COVID vaccines; threats to infrastructure and places of worship; fundraising campaigns launched by known white supremacists and other extremist groups; and calls for killing politicians who support COVID restrictions.

The day before DHS released the updated threat bulletin, the agency reported several online threats made by domestic extremists in raw intelligence reports that were forwarded to the FBI and other agencies for further investigation.

In one, a person described as an alleged “racially motivated violent extremist” encouraged violence against the government and shared links to 3D print files for guns on a popular instant messaging channel. The same channel’s administrator also encouraged violence against the US government and shared links to print 3D firearms and gun components and a QR code leading to a website hosting files with instructions. details on how to print weapons for use against an unspecified government target.

Law enforcement is also following online posts by a white supremacist group soliciting cryptocurrency to purchase land for training purposes, according to a summary of the Open Source Intelligence report dated November 10 and sent to law enforcement agencies. order for further investigation.

The money, according to the online publication, would fund “survival training” and “networking opportunities” of the white supremacist group, which have direct and indirect costs such as “travel expenses, for example the money for gasoline, plane tickets, accommodation “. The publication also said the donations would be used for “ongoing long-term projects such as the purchase of land for communal bug sites” and the development of those plots of land.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies also appear concerned about what they see as a change in tactics by extremists, citing one who was convicted in mid-October for a conspiracy to target a warehouse. Amazon Web Service in Virginia.

“The plot highlights a deviation from traditional targets and signifies a potential willingness to attack private entities suspected of supporting or permitting the perceived government abuse of power,” according to a joint FBI bulletin dated the 15th. October and obtained from Yahoo News.

In late October and early November, DHS compiled raw intelligence reports on potential online threats, including:

– a known domestic violent extremist promoting violence against doctors who administer vaccines

– a racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist posting a recruiting video detailing plans to purchase territory in the United States for training and other purposes

– a suspected racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist encouraging attacks on several critical infrastructure sectors

– a suspected racially or ethnically motivated violent extremist promoting arson or attacks on critical infrastructure, law enforcement officers and places of worship in the latest issue of the extremist group’s publication, “Daily News”.

Protesters at an anti-vaccination rally

Protesters at an anti-vaccination rally in San Francisco on Thursday. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

In response to a request for comment, a DHS spokesperson directed Yahoo News to a statement made earlier this week by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“The flow of threats has not changed significantly; However, it is an important product that keeps the public apprised of threats facing the United States and emphasizes the importance for the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. Mayorkas said in reference to the new threat bulletin.

It’s not just about tracking national threats; The easing of COVID travel restrictions has apparently led to an increase in threats from groups like ISIS.

A senior law enforcement official involved in some aspect of the investigation of potential online threats said the challenge was to determine what digital chatter should be taken seriously and what is just a speech. In both cases, the official said, law enforcement is concerned about the coming winter with the increase in COVID cases.

“Now we have Delta-plus, which has already hit the UK, and we’re going to have to start shutting things down if it does spread here, which it will,” the official said. “More restrictions will make anti-government lunatics even crazier, and that’s when we really fear something is going on.”

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