DHS highlights ‘continuing threat from homegrown terrorists’
- Published: Friday, 19 May 2017 07:50
In an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin, the US Department of Homeland Security warned about the continuing threat from homegrown terrorists.
The key points from the updated Bulletin are:
- The United States faces one of the most serious terror threat environments since the 9/11 attacks as foreign terrorist organizations continue to exploit the Internet to inspire, enable, or direct individuals already in the US to commit terrorist acts.
- Homegrown terror suspects are increasingly relying on technology, such as end-to-end encrypted social media applications, to avoid detection.
- Terrorist groups are urging recruits to adopt easy-to-use tools to target public places and events. Specific attack tactics have included the use of vehicle ramming, small arms, straight-edged blades or knives, and homemade explosives, as well as other acts such as taking hostages.
- Foreign terrorist fighters, who have acquired training and battle-tested terrorism experience, are likely to flee from terrorist-controlled territories with a desire to conduct attacks elsewhere, including the United States. Some of these individuals may be US citizens or citizens of other nations attempting to travel to the United States on visas, from visa-waiver countries, with the aim of attacking the US or inciting others within our borders to conduct attacks.
Speaking about the NTAS Bulletin, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly said: “After careful consideration of the current threat environment and input from intelligence and law enforcement partners, I have made the decision to update and extend for six months the NTAS Bulletin based on the persistent threat from homegrown terrorists. We are in a generational fight against terrorist groups and those they inspire, and for us to protect our homeland we will need constant vigilance and clear focus on staying a step ahead of the enemy.”