Friday, May 14, 2021

New NTAS Bulletin Published – 5-14-21

Today DHS published a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin on the NTAS web site. While very similar to the previous Bulletin that was due to expire tomorrow, the focus of this new Bulletin has subtly changed. Still, this is a bulletin not an alert, so it does not provide and action indicators beyond ‘be aware’ and ‘if you see something, say something’. This new Bulletin expires on August 13th, 2021.

Gone from the New Bulleting

The new Bulletin does not contain the references found in the previous Bulletin to:

• Domestic Violent Extremists (DVEs) targeting individuals with opposing views engaged in First Amendment-protected, non-violent protest activity,

• Long-standing racial and ethnic tension—including opposition to immigration,

• The January 6th attack on the Capital,

• Threats of violence against critical infrastructure,

New Potential Threats

The new Bulletin adds references to:

Continued sharing of information online with the intent to incite violence,

The use of encrypted messaging by lone offenders and small violent extremist cells,

Messaging from foreign terrorist organizations, and

Nation-state adversaries increasing efforts to sow discord.

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