Americans Who Believe ‘False Narratives Propagated on Online Platforms’ Are Biggest Terror Threat, Says DHS Secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas used the anniversary of September 11 to declare ‘radicalized’ Americans are now the main terrorist threats to the country.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Mayorkas, who spoke to MSNBC on Sep. 11, said foreign terrorists are no longer a threat to the United States, but Americans who believe “anti-government sentiment” and “false narratives propagated on online platforms” are.
  • “Back when 9/11 occurred, in those years we were very focused on the foreign terrorist, the individual who sought to do a severe harm to enter the United States and do us harm,” Mayorkas said during the interview.
  • “We are seeing an emerging threat, of course, over the last several years of the domestic violent extremist,” he continued.
DHS SECRETARY ON THE TYPE OF AMERICAN HE FEELS IS THE BIGGEST TERRORIST THREAT:

“The individual here in the United States radicalized to violence by a foreign terrorist ideology, but also an ideology of hate, anti-government sentiment, false narratives propagated on online platforms, even personal grievances,” Mayorkas said.

BACKGROUND:
  • In April 2021, Mayorkas deemed white extremists the biggest threat to the country, calling them “domestic violent extremists,” despite the data that revealed the lowest numbers of “domestic extremist-related killings,” in over a decade.
  • This new issue comes just days after an illegal immigrant with an expired visa beheaded a young woman in a California neighborhood in broad daylight.
  • In March of 2022, an illegal immigrant from Haiti was taken into custody after he was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
  • “Floridians should not be subject to the reckless open border policies that the Biden Administration is imposing on this country,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “These policies are deadly.”