Boogaloo May Get Violent At Inauguration, Intelligence Agencies Warn

Boogaloo May Get Violent At Inauguration, Intelligence Agencies Warn


The
attack
on
the
U.S.
Capitol
may
have
been
set
the
stage
for
more
violence
to
come,
U.S.
intelligence
agencies
are
warning
in
a
new
advisory.
The
joint
bulletin
distributed
by
the
National
Counterterrorism
Center
and
the
Justice
and
Homeland
Security
Departments

and
first
reported
by
the



New
York
Times



suggests
violent
extremists,
emboldened
by
the
last
week’s
riots,
“may
exploit
the
aftermath
of
the
Capitol
breach
by
conducting
attacks
to
destabilize
and
force
a
climactic
conflict
in
the
United
States.” 


Specifically,
the
advisory
singles
out
the
Boogaloo

a
movement
fomented
online
with
the
explicit
goal
of
murdering
members
of
law
enforcement
in
the
hopes
of
sparking
a
second
civil
war

as
a
serious
threat.

The
memo
tracks
with
dispatches
from
corners
of
the
internet
where
Boogaloo
dwell.

The
Intercept,
monitoring
a
Telegram
channel
called
“Boogaloo
Intel
Drop,”
reports
that
the
channel’s
more
than
6,000
subscribers
“have
called
for
the
murder
of
police
officers
with
increased
fervor
and
elevated
Ashli
Babbitt,
an
Air
Force
veteran
killed
by
Capitol
Police
during
the
riot,
to
the
status
of
a
martyr.”


The
Daily
Beast


detailed


a
similar
advisory
distributed
by
the
Secret
Service
warning
of
multiple
events
planned
in
D.C.
by
Boogaloos
and
an
affiliated
group,
both
encouraging
attendees
to
bring
weapons.
Those
advisories
appear
to
be
separate
from
another
distributed
by
the
FBI
and
reported
by


ABC


on
Monday
alerting
law
enforcement
of
armed
protests
being
planned
“at
all
50
state
capitols”
beginning
January
16th
through
January
20th

“at
least.”
Meanwhile,
the
Capitol
Police
have
briefed
members
of
Congress
on
at
least

three
new
specific
threats
to
the
U.S.
Capitol
itself. 


Roughly
20,000
National
Guardsmen
have
been
activated
to
protect
the
Capitol
from
threats
to
the
inauguration,
and
most
of
the
festivities
have
already
been
canceled
amid
the
pandemic.
Guardsmen
have
been
instructed
to
prepare
for
the
possibility
that
terrorists
may
use
improvised
explosive
devices

like
the
ones
found
near
the
headquarters
of
the
Democratic
and
Republican
National
Committees
on
January
6th

to
disrupt
the
events,
according
to

Politico.
(No
one,
as
of
yet,
has
been
arrested
in
connection
with
the
planting
of
those
bombs.) 


Both
the
January
6th
attack
and
its
aftermath
online
and
in
the
media,
the
bulletin
said,
may
encourage
“more
sporadic,
lone-actor
or
small-cell
violence
against
common
targets,
including
racial,
ethnic,
or
religious
minorities
and
institutions,
law
enforcement,
and
government
officials
and
buildings.”


The
rioters’
success
breaking
into
the
Capitol
building,
the
memo
said,
may
have
increased
the
“willingness,
capability,
and
motivation
to
attack
and
undermine
a
government
they
view
as
illegitimate

the
shared
false
narrative
of
a
‘stolen’
election
may
lead
some
individuals
to
adopt
the
belief
that
there
is
no
political
solution
to
address
their
grievances
and
violent
action
is
necessary.”

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