The intelligence report says some extremists will “almost certainly” commit acts of violence this year.
US intelligence agencies have warned that the country faces a significant threat from within, expressing fears that some homegrown extremists could plan attacks against compatriots or the government.
The declassified report, released on Wednesday, describes the threat as broad, coming from both individual criminals and small cells that adhere to a wide variety of violent ideologies but which ” have been driven to action by recent socio-political events.”
“Bias against minorities and government actions that are perceived as exceeding authority will almost certainly continue to contribute to the radicalization of domestic violent extremists,” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a report.
The report’s authors warn that a range of factors, including conspiracy theories related to the recent presidential election and the coronavirus pandemic, “will almost certainly push some domestic violent extremists to attempt violence this year.”
The declassified findings, which are part of a larger secret report sent to the White House and Congress, were released more than two months after thousands of Americans, including dozens of members of far-right groups, stormed the Capitol in Washington, unhappy with the outcome of the presidential election in November.
“Domestic violent extremism is one of the most serious and persistent threats we face as a country,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told lawmakers. – We are actively addressing this issue.”