The federal government put out a bulletin where they summarized the threat of terror to the United State’s Homeland.
The bulletin says “The United States remains in a heightened threat environment fueled by several factors, including an online environment filled with false or misleading narratives and conspiracy theories, and other forms of mis- dis- and mal-information (MDM) introduced and/or amplified by foreign and domestic threat actors.”
The Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System's bulletin identifies three main issue areas that “heighten” the threat environment.
“(1) the proliferation of false or misleading narratives, which sow discord or undermine public trust in U.S. government institutions; (2) continued calls for violence directed at U.S. critical infrastructure; soft targets and mass gatherings; faith-based institutions, such as churches, synagogues, and mosques; institutions of higher education; racial and religious minorities; government facilities and personnel, including law enforcement and the military; the media; and perceived ideological opponents; and (3) calls by foreign terrorist organizations for attacks on the United States based on recent events.”
The first, and most reiterated issue throughout the bulletin, is the pronouncement that narratives which undermine U.S. Government institutions increase the likelihood of domestic extremism.
Concern from conservative activists and politicians highlight a greater political discussion around the access to the internet and private platforms.
Journalist Darren Beattie wrote of the bulletin “DHS declares war on the internet.”
The concerns raised by prominent politicians and activists come on the heels of Jen Psaki the press secretary for Joe Biden calling for further deplatforming of the Joe Rogan Experience.
Jen Psaki, who praised Spotify for putting disclaimers on the largest podcast currently operating, but she said “more” can be done. After a series of podcasts Joe Rogan did with controversial figures countering the official CDC and WHO narrative regarding COVID-19.