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U.S. Violent Extremists Seen Poised to Undertake Attacks in 2021

  • Intelligence agencies cite bias ‘against minority populations’
  • Claims of election fraud and Capitol riot called motivations
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Extremists motivated by recent political and societal events pose a heightened risk of carrying out attacks in the U.S. during 2021, according to an unclassified assessment from American intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Potential attackers will be inspired by biases “against minority populations and perceived government overreach,” which “will almost certainly continue to drive” radicalization, according to the four-page assessment released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security.