DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

February 07, 2022

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) website, on February 7th, 2022, “Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin regarding the continued heightened threat environment across the United States. This is the fifth NTAS Bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security since January 2021 and it replaces the current Bulletin that was set to expire tomorrow” (February 8th, 2022).

 

 

In the announcement, DHS emphasized that "[t]he 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. These threat actors seek to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and undermine public trust in government institutions to encourage unrest, which could potentially inspire acts of violence. Mass casualty attacks and other acts of targeted violence conducted by lone offenders and small groups acting in furtherance of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances pose an ongoing threat to the nation."

 

We are not aware of any specific threats to campus. While this is a national bulletin, we want to make our community members aware of this information, especially due to the proximity of the Foggy Bottom campus to many federal government facilities and personnel, which have been targets of domestic violent extremists. We will continue to work with our local, regional, and federal partners to ensure that our community remains safe. In case of an emergency on campus, or to report suspicious activity, call GWPD at 202-994-6111. If you are off campus, call Metropolitan Police using 911.

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