DHS, FBI Fear Increasing Attacks by ‘Extremist’ Domestic Anti-Government Groups

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According to a recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) “Intelligence Assessment,” domestic anti-government “extremists” pose an increasing threat to the United States.

In the I&A report, domestic violent extremists pose increased threat to government law enforcement, prepared in conjunction with the Southern Nevada Counterterrorism Center with coordination by the FBI, stated that, “After years of only sporadic violence from violent domestic extremists motivated by anti-government ideologies, I&A has seen a spike within the past year in violence committed by militia extremists and lone offenders who hold violent anti-government beliefs.”

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According to HS Today, DHS’s Intelligence Assessment said, “These groups and individuals recognize government authority but facilitate or engage in acts of violence due to their perception that the United States government is tyrannical and oppressive, coupled with their belief that the government needs to be violently resisted or overthrown.”

These violent incidents are motivated by the perception of government actions (or lack of action) addressing political issues such as gun control, land-use, property and other activities as interfering with their individual rights and as oppressive measures that warrant violent reprisal against US government entities and law enforcement, according to a body of open source reporting.”

DHS I&A stated that “These are common themes cited by attackers, but the specific motivations that drive any instance of anti-government violence vary due to the disparate beliefs and motivations of the individuals involved.”