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DHS Bulletin: ‘DHS Remains Focused on Disinformation,’ ‘False or Misleading Narratives’

Craig Bannister | June 7, 2022 | 4:32pm EDT
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Undeterred by the public backlash that prompted it to dissolve its “Misinformation Governance Board,” dubbed an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth” by its critics, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Tuesday that it “remains focused” on what it deems to be “disinformation.”

The DHS made the revelation in its new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin:  

“DHS remains focused on disinformation that threatens the security of the American people, including disinformation spread by foreign states such as Russia, China, and Iran, or other adversaries such as transnational criminal organizations and human smuggling organizations.”

The DHS says it’s targeting what it considers to be “false or misleading narratives regarding current events,” because of the violent threat they pose:

“The continued proliferation of false or misleading narratives regarding current events could reinforce existing personal grievances or ideologies, and in combination with other factors, could inspire individuals to mobilize to violence.”

The “perception that the U.S. government is unwilling or unable to secure the U.S.-Mexico border” due to “changes in border security-related policies and/or enforcement mechanisms” also poses a violent domestic terrorist threat, DHS says:

“Some domestic violent extremists have expressed grievances related to their perception that the U.S. government is unwilling or unable to secure the U.S.-Mexico border and have called for violence to stem the flow of undocumented migrants to the United States. We assess that there is increased risk of domestic violent extremists using changes in border security-related policies and/or enforcement mechanisms to justify violence against individuals, such as minorities and law enforcement officials involved in the enforcement of border security.”

DHS also warns that people “on public forums” are encouraging violence regarding “a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case about abortion rights” and “election events”:

“Given a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case about abortion rights, individuals who advocate both for and against abortion have, on public forums, encouraged violence, including against government, religious, and reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities, as well as those with opposing ideologies.

“As the United States enters mid-term election season this year, we assess that calls for violence by domestic violent extremists directed at democratic institutions, political candidates, party offices, election events, and election workers will likely increase.”

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