(WASHINGTON) DHS National Terrorism Bulletin Report: The threat environment to the Homeland is diverse and challenging, especially leading up to and following the 20th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks as well as religious holidays that could serve as catalyst for targeted violence #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: Threats in the Homeland include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity. This Bulletin builds on Bulletins issued in January and May by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provides more information about the threat landscape we face for the coming months.

#AceDailyNews reports that on August 13, 2021 the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the heightened threat environment across the United States.

DHS remains committed to sharing timely information with the public about the heightened threat environment in order to protect communities across our country,”said Secretary Mayorkas.  “Today’s NTAS Bulletin advises the public about the heightened threat landscape we face and how DHS is working with our partners, at every level of government and in the community, to combat domestic terrorism and targeted violence in all its forms.  We are committed to ensuring every initiative undertaken by DHS in response to the threat is consistent with privacy protections, civil rights and civil liberties, First Amendment-protected rights, and other applicable laws.” 

DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will continue its close coordinating with state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement and public safety partners to ensure situational awareness of potential violence in their jurisdictions and will maintain open lines of communication with federal partners. DHS encourages the public to remain aware of the evolving threat environment and report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, DHS has increased the development, production, and dissemination of intelligence and other actionable information central to countering threats in the current environment. DHS has established a new, dedicated domestic terrorism branch within the Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). Further, DHS has established the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to help build local prevention frameworks to provide communities with the tools they need to counter terrorism and other targeted violence.

In February, Secretary Mayorkas designated combating domestic violent extremism as a National Priority Area for the first time in FEMA grant programs. As a result, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments are required to spend at least 7.5 percent, or a minimum of $77 million, of their DHS grant awards toward combating this threat. 

These initiatives are taken in concert with the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Domestic Terrorism Strategy which highlights the whole-of-government approach being take to enhance the analysis and distribution of actionable intelligence to stakeholders; prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and the mobilization to violence; disrupt and deter domestic terrorism activity; and confront long-term contributors to domestic terrorism.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.15: 2021:

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UNITED STATES: ‘ Department of Homeland Security Concerned That Recent Be-Headings May Become Copycat ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – The head of the US Department of Homeland Security is “very concerned” that tactics used by the ISIL terrorist organization in Iraq and Syria might be copied in the US, including public be-headings.

' ISIL may inspire beheadings in US: Homeland Secretary '

‘ ISIL may inspire beheadings in US: Homeland Secretary ‘

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Fox News on Friday that ISIL terrorists are an “extremely dangerous” group who are willing to behead people publicly and may inspire some Americans to carry out similar acts.
ISIL “is an extremely dangerous terrorist organization that simply has to be dealt with and we are taking the fight to them, through air strikes, through an international coalition,” Johnson said.

“These terrorist groups have very slick social media, propaganda and literature that have the capability of inspiring somebody whose never met a member of the group or been to a terrorist training camp, and so we’re very concerned about the possibility of that and we’re addressing it,” he said.“They have shown … a depravity and a willingness to behead people publicly because of the fact that they’re Americans, or because they’re British,” he added. 

The US and its regional allies, especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have been funding, arming and training the extremist groups to oust President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. 

In May 2013 US Senator John McCain of Arizona slipped across the border into Syria from Turkey and met with insurgents fighting the Syrian government. McCain has been a staunch supporter of arming the insurgents. 

McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have been pushing for arming the insurgents in Syria. 

“The senators, both of whom are on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that rebel fighters deserved to be armed and that helping them take on the Syrian government would aid Washington’s effort to weaken Iran,” the New York Times reported on Feb 19, 2012.

Steve Clemons writing for The Atlantic said in a June 23, 2014 article that Senator McCain and Senator Graham had “met with Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services and a former ambassador to the United States, to encourage the Saudis to arm Syrian rebel forces.”

“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends” McCain said “at the Munich Security Conference,” in February 2014  praising Prince Bandar and Qataris “for supporting forces fighting Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria,” Clemons reports.

CIA has also been training the insurgents in secrete camps in Jordan and Turkey.

ISIL, also known as ISIS or IS, currently controls large areas of Syria’s eastern and northern sections. The group sent its militants into Iraq in June, seizing large parts of land straddling the border between the two countries.

The group has carried out heinous crimes in the two countries, including mass executions and beheadings of people. It has so far beheaded two Americans and two Brits.

The brutal terror organization released a video Friday purportedly showing the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning.

Henning’s beheading on camera was the fourth such video released by ISIL terrorists. The group has also released videos depicting the beheading of two US journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as British aid worker David Haines.

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“Homeland Security says `Flying Spy Drones’ inside the `US’ could be next step to Public Safety”

#AceSecurityNews says `DHS Wants to use Spy Drones Domestically for ‘Public Safety

Spy DroneThe United States already uses surveillance drones on its borders, but Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a hearing on Wednesday that flying unmanned aircraft inside the US could be the next step to ensuring “public safety.”

Sec. Napolitano weighed in on the topic of unmanned aerial vehicles during this week’s Committee on Homeland Security and suggested that implementing UAVs for domestic surveillance could the next step in the United States’ amazingly accelerating drone program.

The Federal Aviation Administration is currently considering ground rules that will outline how the FAA can govern domestic drone use, and by 2020 they expect to see 30,000 UAVs soaring through US airspace. Speaking before a House panel on Wednesday, though, Sec. Napolitano suggested that deploying UAVs proactively to put an extra set over locales nowhere near America’s border may in fact be the next move.

“With respect to Science and Technology, that directorate, we do have a funded project,” she said. “I think it’s in California, looking at drones that could be utilized to give us situational awareness in a large public safety [matter] or disaster, such as a forest fire, and how they could give us better information.”

In a transcript of the secretary’s testimony made available after her address, Napolitano admits that the US has expanded their use or surveillance drones on America’s border with Canada in recent years, now letting UAVs monitor 950 miles of Washington State’s boundary line.

Despite growing opposition from the American public of drones largely centred over privacy objections, the United States has continuously ramped up its drone program in recent years, both domestically and abroad. During the Hackers on Planet Earth conference in New York City earlier this month, activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that US military now owns around 7,500 drones, which makes up around one-third of the Air Force’s entire arsenal.

“The FAA can give drone licenses to any agency that can prove that they can use them safely,” the EFF’s Trevor Timm told the crowd. Despite dozens of permits being handed out to law enforcement agencies and educational institutions in recent years, though, neither the security nor safety of these aircraft are believed to have been fully examined. In just the last few weeks, a Texas professor hacked a UAV in front of representatives from the DHS and, separately, a military drone crash-landed just outside of Washington, D.C.

Despite these incidents, the FAA and DHS are still spearheading an accelerated drone program.

Given Sec. Napolitano’s latest statements, though, the domestic use of drones for proactive surveillance could be coming sooner than previously though.

 

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