Expert Compares Threat Climate to Pre-Jan. 6 Period
In the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago raid, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warn that threats to law enforcement from domestic extremists are escalating as the November midterm elections approach.
Phil Mudd, a former intelligence official who served in both the FBI and the CIA, said the fallout from the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid resembled the events preceding the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and that history could repeat itself, reports Insider. “People with AR-15s and camo are going to say, ‘I’m going to do something about it,'” he said. “That’s dangerous. I think we’re going to see another catastrophic event.”
Meanwhile in a joint bulletin, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that there is an increase in threats to federal law enforcement officials following the recent FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, reports The Hill. The Aug. 12 builletin advised that possible threats toward law enforcement are coming from social media sites, web forums, video-sharing platforms and image boards. The agencies also warned about a potential “dirty bomb” threat at the FBI headquarters and other threats that called for a “civil war” and an “armed rebellion” in the country. The joint bulletin warned that domestic extremists could see the November midterm elections as a time to escalate threats.