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Homeland Security Warns Of Heightened Extremist Threats, Uvalde Copycats


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Homeland Security Warns Of Heightened Extremist Threats, Uvalde Copycats

By David K. Li and Austin Mullen

The Department of Homeland Security warned Tuesday of potential domestic violence in the coming months due to "several high-profile events."

The bulletin was issued as the Supreme Court appears poised to end constitutional protection for women's rights to abortion and as a highly charged midterm election unfolds less than two years after violent protesters tried to overturn legitimate election results.

"The United States remains in a heightened threat environment, as noted in the previous Bulletin, and several recent attacks have highlighted the dynamic and complex nature of the threat environment," Homeland Security said in a statement.

"In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets."

Clint Watts, a national security analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, said the emotional debates about gun control and abortion rights amount to a "powder keg" of potential violence.

The DHS report shows "no surprises and is consistent with what my research team and I see," Watts added.

And Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the George Washington University's Program on Extremism, likened the DHS warning to a horrific weather forecast.

Full story https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/homeland-security-warns-heightened-extremist-threats-uvalde-copycats-rcna32353

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