A Department of Homeland Security memo warned that a surge in violence is likely after the Supreme Court issues its ruling in an abortion case that could result in a ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973.
The bulletin warned of an emerging “threat to government, religious and reproductive healthcare personnel and facilities and ideological opponents,” according to CBS.
Since a draft opinion leaked that called for overturning Roe v. Wade, protesters have demonstrated outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, a Wisconsin pro-life organization was firebombed and a New York City protest blocked pro-life demonstrators from holding a vigil at a Planned Parenthood.
— David Weigel (@daveweigel) May 9, 2022
The memo noted that the threat environment is already supercharged.
The National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium has referred at least 25 violent online posts for investigation, according to CBS.
The bulletin said that social media threats linked to the abortion decision have touched upon “burning down or storming the U.S. Supreme Court and murdering Justices and their clerks, members of Congress and lawful demonstrators.”
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The bulletin from the DHS’ Office of Intelligence and Analysis said “grievances related to restricting abortion access could fuel violence by pro-choice abortion-related violent extremists.”
The memo also warned law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for individuals or groups “levying violent threats, encouraging others to commit violence or doxing individuals to incite or enable violence against others for abortion-related motivations,” as well as “pre-operational surveillance, unusual or suspicious interest in a facility or attempts to gain unauthorized entry to government facilities, reproductive healthcare facilities or personal residences of Supreme Court Justices.”
Lori Lightfoot is saying this potential Supreme Court ruling “has to be a call to arms”.
Meanwhile, the White House is refusing to condemn protesters showing up to the private homes of Justices.
Democrats are telling us exactly what they want.. pic.twitter.com/UcnGGgjQCh
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 10, 2022
But while there is a lot of threatening language floating about, little has crystallized into specific actionable threats.
“A lot of what we have been seeing has been implied threats without specific locations,” said Mike Sena, president of the National Fusion Center Association.
“That makes it difficult when you’re trying to figure out what crosses that line in online groups, and people can have extreme ideologies, there’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s the discussion of violence, death and destruction that we’re concerned about.”
A bunch of angry abortion-loving feminists harrass Judges at their homes with threats of violence and fear in an attempt to pressure them to “change their opinion” for a judicial decision about the “right” to murder children. https://t.co/1gcgS7obUd
— John (@johndoje) May 10, 2022
Jonathan Wackrow, a risk management consultant and a former special agent with the Secret Service, said the weekend massacre in Buffalo, New York, has “complicated everything even more,” Axios reported.
“The attack in Buffalo actually has a measured impact on this Roe decision and how people will react to it. You see that people are willing to engage in the most violent acts in furtherance of that ideology.”