WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has warned of an increased threat level in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election.
In a bulletin released Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his department expects the threat level to remain elevated and that individuals could be motivated to commit violence in the run-up to the 2024 general election.
“In the coming months, DHS expects the threat environment to remain heightened and that individuals may be motivated to violence by perceptions of the 2024 general election cycle and legislative or judicial decisions pertaining to sociopolitical issues,” said the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin.
Other provocations could include legislative or judicial decisions related to societal issues.
Critical infrastructure, religious institutions, individuals or events associated with the LGBTQ community, schools, racial and ethnic minorities, and government institutions could be targets of potential violence, he said.
Mayorkas said the threats “come from violent extremists who want to enforce their ideological beliefs and personal grievances.”
The latest bulletin is the eighth one issued since Jan. 21, replacing the previous bulletin, which expired today, informing the public every few months about the terrorism threat landscape in the US.