U.S. Homeland Security Says ‘Grievances Over COVID Restrictions’ Are a ‘Terror Threat’

“This is not based on any threats.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin stating that “opposition to COVID measures” qualifies as a “potential terror threat.”
  • The advisory instructs citizens to “Be prepared for emergency situations and remain aware of circumstances that may place you at risk.”
  • NBC News reported that even a “grievance” qualifies as a “terror threat.”
  • However, DHS admits there aren’t any such threats that “they know of,” according to NBC.
  • Critics say the advisory signifies how the Biden administration “has weaponized the Dept of Homeland Sec for the purposes of political persecution & intends to prosecute people as ‘terrorists’ for exercising their first amendment rights.”
WHAT ELSE THE ADVISORY SAYS:
  • “These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity,” the advisory reads.
  • “Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions,” it goes on to say.
  • “These extremists may seek to exploit the emergence of COVID-19 variants by viewing the potential re-establishment of public health restrictions across the United States as a rationale to conduct attacks.”
  • The advisory also voices “concerns that the broader sharing of false narratives and conspiracy theories will gain traction in mainstream environments,” but without specifying what these “false narratives” or “conspiracy theories” are.
CRITICISM:
  • British radio host Paul Joseph Watson took to Twitter saying, “If you oppose forcing children to wear face diapers, you might be a terrorist.”
  • Former Trump admin. member Kyle Hooten also tweeted, “‘I don’t want to wear a mask,’ is now a ‘potential terror threat.'”
  • Author and venture capitalist D. J. Vance tweeted, “If you oppose COVID restrictions or worry about election integrity you’re now a ‘potential terror threat.'”
  • And Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson tweeted, “Good morning to all the patriots or, as the Department of Homeland Security now calls you: ‘potential terror threats!'”

Jon Fleetwood is Managing Editor for American Faith.