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Intelligence says extremist groups pose a “greater threat” in the United States

This content was released on March 17, 2021 – 22:11

WASHINGTON, March 17 (EFE) .- Extremist groups that carry out acts of violence for ideological and racial reasons pose a “greater threat” to US security, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Department of Intelligence, Justice and Homeland Security.

The four-page document concludes that extremists “are provoked by the latest political and social events in the United States and pose a greater threat to the country in 2021.”

In this connection, the report warns that an attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump on January 6 incited militants to commit acts of violence, resulting in the death of five people, including a police officer.

In addition, they predict that conspiracy theories about the presidential election, which was won by epidemics, minorities and Democrat Joe Biden, will “try to incite violent domestic extremists to violence this year”.

According to intelligence, the “most dangerous threat” is racist groups that may carry out “massive attacks” on civilians, and far-right militants, who may be directed against security forces and government facilities.

The threat posed by far-right militants has increased in 2020 and is expected to increase further this year, the report said.

Another major threat is the “individual wolves” or “small cells” of violent organizations that are more likely to use violence than groups that officially promote this ideology on the Internet.

The report bears the stamp of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and was prepared at the request of US President Joe Biden.

Today’s classified report is only a small part of a comprehensive document presented to Congress and the White House.

Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Vare explained to Congress that extremist groups were “expanding” across the country.

In addition, US Attorney General Merrick Garland has promised that the fight against domestic terrorism will be one of his priorities.

More than 300 people are facing criminal charges in connection with the attack on the Capitol, and the FBI has received approximately 270,000 tips from the public on who was responsible for the attack and how they coordinated it. EFE

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