CNN has learned that in a series of announcements and appeals made by federal law enforcement agencies with local partners this week, urgent appeals have been made to ensure the safety of the country’s capital as the inauguration is approaching. A terrible picture of a potential threat. January 20.
An intelligence announcement issued by CNN on Wednesday stated that officials warned that the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump last Wednesday could trigger extremes throughout 2021. Other subsequent attacks by the elements.
The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned that those who attacked the Capitol largely believed their efforts were successful. He said the attack “is likely to become an important promoter of various violence”
The Intelligence Bulletin warned: “Violent destruction of the U.S. Capitol is likely to be part of a continuing trend in which extremists use legitimate protests, rallies and demonstrations, and other gatherings to conduct ideologically motivated violence and criminal activities. .”.
The range of potential targets for future attacks varies. Intelligence officials warned in the announcement that extremists can have zero intervention on government officials and institutions, as well as ethnic and religious minorities, journalists, and LGBTQ+ community members.
The announcement also pointed out that the January 6th attack may be a place for various extremists with different ideological motives to establish contacts.
Intelligence officials warned that in addition to what is believed to be the success of the Capitol attack on January 6, the response of law enforcement could also inspire violent actions by extremists, including at Biden’s upcoming inauguration.
The announcement said: “Since (the Capitol Building attack), there has been an increase in violent online comments about (the inauguration ceremony), and there have been calls for an unclear’trial’ for the police shooting riots in the Capitol.”
Other motives for future attacks include extremist anti-government views and dissatisfaction related to false narratives that were stolen in the 2020 presidential election.
“Based on the belief that there are global or’deep state’ actors that manipulate the various social, political and/or economic conditions of the United States, the increasing universality and influence of conspiracy theories are likely to be the driving force for some reasons. (Extreme) violence.” The report said.
U.S. intelligence officials have observed that language filled with conspiracy theories often reflects Trump’s baseless claims. Throughout his presidency, Trump claimed that there was no evidence that a group of evil “deep state” actors had been secretly sabotaging his presidency, and that he had been spreading false information about the integrity of the 2020 election.
The Fed works with police officers across the country
As law enforcement prepares for the pre-inauguration and during the inauguration protests, FBI Director Chris Wray and senior official Ken Cuccinelli who performs the duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (Ken Cuccinelli) Calling leaders of law enforcement agencies across the country on Wednesday to inform them of the situation. A person who was informed during the conference call said that there were images of threats related to planned protests across the country.
The source said that the FBI introduced intelligence reports to its law enforcement partners, indicating that the protesters planned to conduct “peaceful and armed demonstrations” in Washington, DC and state capitols across the United States on January 17 to protest the 2020 election. result.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed the call but did not provide other details.
The FBI noted that federal law enforcement agencies are currently working to identify any suspected extremists who may pose a threat to the planned armed demonstrations.
Another person familiar with the matter said that during the conference call, FBI officials stated that they are still concerned about the prospect of extremists appearing at the planned rally and committing violence, and that violent domestic extremists continue to constitute the biggest part of the Biden inauguration Threatened.
An official told CNN on Tuesday: “The endless is not currently on the rankings.” News about extremists talking about future actions online.
The source said that federal officials emphasized in a conference call with state, local, tribal, and university campus law enforcement officials that the FBI will not tolerate extremists who use the First Amendment as an incitement to violence, adding that , They expect the threat to continue after Biden’s inauguration. .
In addition to potential threats to government buildings, officials also discussed the increasing threats to private companies and their executives in recent days.
According to sources, federal officials said on the conference call that Russian actors have been exaggerating that during the riots in the U.S. Capitol, Antifa members infiltrated Trump supporters, while the Chinese caught the chaos in the United States. News reports.
Secret Service report shows the government is monitoring threats
Another government report is clarifying how law enforcement officers can monitor potential threats of violence in the coming days.
According to an internal report of the Secret Service of the United States released by CNN on January 11, analysts of the Secret Service team responsible for monitoring websites and social media for planned demonstrations pointed out that protesters who were dissatisfied with the results of the 2020 election were using Online platform to organize protests. Washington area and all over the country.
In an online forum observed by investigators, the report pointed out that an organization calling itself the “National Organization of American Patriots” will organize a violent demonstration in Washington from January 16. On the organization’s website, the organization stated that it plans to use its members to surround the Capitol. , The White House and the Supreme Court, and only allow people designated by Trump to enter.
The Secret Service report stated that the National Patriots of America also plans to detain “democratic politicians who played a role in planning or implementing or supporting the coup launched by the United States of America from 2016 to 2020”.
The Secret Service Bulletin did not provide an assessment of the realistic nature of the planned assembly, nor did it provide the investigators’ confidence in the organizers’ ability to achieve the set goals.
According to the report, groups related to the Boogaloo movement plan to hold an armed march from the Washington Monument to the White House and encourage their members to carry weapons.
The other separate incidents mentioned in the Secret Service report also encouraged protesters to arm themselves, although the organizers did not explicitly encourage violence.
The District of Columbia has the strictest gun laws in the United States and prohibits the public carrying of guns.
On the day of the inauguration, the U.S. Secret Service reported that analysts identified more than 35 rallies planned to be held online near Washington.
An event called “Millions of Militia Marches” encouraged participants to carry weapons. The Secret Service report stated: “The organization claims that they will not attack, but will defend.”
As part of its protective mission, the Secret Service routinely reviews so-called “open source intelligence” to review planned gatherings and protests near official events. A Secret Service report obtained by CNN stated that recent efforts by social media companies to suspend users engaged in election-related false information actually hindered the inauguration of the analyst identification program The ability to detail the protests.
Not all planned demonstrations listed in the Secret Service report are pro-Trump.
According to analysts, a group is planning a rally called “Smoking makes Trump sad.” Participants will gather to smoke marijuana and celebrate the end of Trump’s presidency.
Another planned DC event is being organized, called the “Lesbian U-Haul Trump Parade” to help move Trump out of the White House, although the Secret Service has not stated what kind of logistics the organization plans to use to achieve its established aims.