FBI and DHS warn of increased online threats against Federal officers
Man dies outside Capitol building
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have warned law enforcement agencies of an increase in threats following a search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home last week.
The warning comes in a bulletin sent to media houses on Sunday. CNN, NBC and CBS have reported on the contents of the bulletin.
“The FBI and DHS have observed an increase in threats to federal law enforcement and, to a lesser extent, other law enforcement and government officials following the FBI’s recent execution of a search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida,” the bulletin said, according to a CBS report.
Among concerns raised in the memo was “a threat to place a so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI Headquarters and issuing general calls for ‘civil war’ and ‘armed rebellion,'” CBS reported. U.S. agencies have identified “multiple articulated threats and calls for the targeted killing of judicial, law enforcement, and government officials associated with the Palm Beach search, including the federal judge who approved the Palm Beach search warrant.”
Trump, his allies, some Republicans in Congress and many conservative pundits have responded with anger directed at the FBI and officials involved in the investigation of Trump, and messages to their supporters claiming without evidence that the FBI would target them next.
Some Trump allies have compared the FBI to the “Gestapo,” others are calling for its funding to be halted, and some accused the agency of being politically motivated.
Republicans are calling for the disclosure of more detailed information that persuaded a federal judge to issue the search warrant, which may show sources of information and details about the nature of the documents and other classified information. The unsealing of such affidavits is highly unusual and would require approval from a federal judge.
“I think a releasing the affidavit would help, at least that would confirm that there was justification for this raid,” Republican Senator Mike Rounds told NBC’s “Meet the Press”.
In another development related to the Jan 6 Hearings an unidentified man fired several shots in the air near the US Capitol in Washington and committed suicide in the small hours on Sunday, the local police said.
According to the police, the incident occurred shortly after 04:00 am local time. A car rammed a fence at a crossroads near the Congress building and caught fire. The driver came out of the car and fired several shots in the air. After which, he committed suicide.
No one else was hurt. The police said that the incident did not look like a terror attack. An investigation is underway.