The Department of Homeland Security predicts weeks of violence in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, in accordance with an advisory released Friday warning law enforcement of expected trouble.
Federal and state government officials, including judges, “probably are most in danger for violence in response to the choice,” noted the warning from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Evaluation, which was obtained by several media outlets.
But “First Amendment protected events” (apparently protests), reproductive and “family advocacy health care facilities,” and faith-based organizations may be targets, the DHS office said, in accordance with CNN.
The warning was issued as protests erupted across the nation over the Supreme Court’s decision Friday morning to overturn half a century of abortion rights. In an ominous incident Friday night, a truck driver in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, rammed into demonstrators protesting the court’s ruling, and one demonstrator was hospitalized.
In an earlier National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin Friday, the department warned: “We expect violence could occur for weeks following the discharge [of the decision], particularly as DVEs [domestic violence extremists] could also be mobilized to answer changes in state laws and ballot measures on abortion stemming from the choice. We base this assessment on an observed increase in violent incidents across the USA following the unauthorized disclosure in May of a draft majority opinion on the case.”
A May bulletin warned that extremists might attempt to infiltrate the reproductive rights movement, ABC Recent reported.
Studies of the last major Black Lives Matter rallies for racial justice in 2020 were found to be 97.7% peaceful, The Washington Post reported, while law enforcement and DHS officials mostly ignored multiple warnings of violence before the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
A Homeland Security spokesperson told CNN in an announcement that the agency will “proceed working with our partners across every level of presidency to share timely information and to support law enforcement efforts to maintain our communities secure.”
Americans’ “freedom of speech and right to peacefully protest are fundamental Constitutional rights. Those rights don’t extend to violence and other criminal activity,” the statement added.