The murderous breach on Capitol Hill last week will be a “major engine of violence” for armed militias and racist extremists who are targeting the presidential nomination next week, according to a joint intelligence bulletin released by federal authorities.
The ‘boogaloo’, a movement that seeks to start a second civil war, and extremists aiming to start a racial war “may exploit the consequences of the Capitol breach by carrying out attacks to destabilize and force a climactic conflict in the United States. », According to the bulletin published by the National Center for the fight against terrorism and the departments of justice and internal security, which was widely distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country.
The bulletin, obtained by The New York Times, is titled “Domestic Violence Extremists Emboldened by Capitol Violation, Domestic Terrorism Rise, Threat of Likely Violence Amid Political Transitions and Beyond.” Anti-government militias and racist extremists “quite possibly represent the greatest threats from domestic terrorism in 2021,” the agencies said.
Federal officials wrote that extremist groups viewed the Capitol violation as a success and were galvanized by the death of Ashli Babbitt, a QAnon follower who was shot dead by police as she attempted to enter in the President’s hall, very protected, just outside. the bedroom of the House. Extremists could perceive this death as “an act of martyrdom”, according to the bulletin.
Extremists’ “violent rhetoric online” about the presidential nomination has increased, the bulletin said, with some calling for “justice” for Ms Babbitt’s death.
The Capitol Breach, along with QAnon’s conspiracy theories, will likely prompt these extremists to “engage in more sporadic, solitary or small cell violence against common” extremist “targets, including minorities and racial institutions. , ethnic or religious, the forces of order and civil servants and government buildings, ”according to the January 13 bulletin.
Federal officials also wrote that “the shared false narrative of a ‘stolen’ election”, the false claim perpetuated by President Trump, “may lead some individuals to believe that there is no political solution to answer to their grievances and that violent action is needed. “
The January 6 rally in Washington, DC, and the subsequent breach of the Capitol also provided an opportunity for militia members and extremists from different groups to meet, which could increase the will, capacity and motivation of extremists to attack and undermine a government. they consider it illegitimate. “
The Secret Service issued a separate bulletin to law enforcement officials, dated Jan. 11, warning of armed groups, particularly the boogaloo, appearing in Washington before and after the inauguration. This warning was reported earlier by the Daily Beast.