As if we needed something else to worry about in 2020, the US intelligence community has issued a warning to the nation at large that mustn’t be ignored.
The coming election will be an even like no other in our history, as our nation continues to find new ways to divide itself every more starkly. A great many experts have already sounded the alarm that we are as vitriolic as we’ve ever been, including during the civil war of the 1860’s, and they fear the worst as we continue to give in to the media’s malfeasance.
Now, amid this already-historic trouble, there are new reasons to worry.
U.S. security officials are warning that violent domestic extremists pose a threat to the presidential election next month, amid what one official called a “witch’s brew” of rising political tensions, civil unrest and foreign disinformation campaigns.
FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memos say threats by domestic extremists to election-related targets will likely increase in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election.
Those warnings so far have largely remained internal. But New Jersey’s homeland security office took the unusual step of publicly highlighting the threat in a little-noticed report on its website last week.
“You have this witch’s brew that really hasn’t happened in America’s history. And if it has, it’s been decades if not centuries,” said Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, which published the threat assessment.
Exacerbating these concerns is the fact that the election itself may not be settled on Tuesday, November 3rd. In fact, some experts have warned that it could take days or even weeks to declare a winner, which may very well provide an opportunity for agitators and extremists to further their wicked agendas.
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