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NTAS Bulletin Issued Reflecting Tragic Events of Orlando

June 15 2016

In December 2015, U.S. Secretary Johnson announced the revision of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), to include an intermediate level NTAS Bulletin. The NTAS provides information on homeland security issues and threats. Today, DHS issued a new bulletin that reflects the tragic recent events in Orlando. It is intended to contribute to an informed public, and promote public vigilance and awareness.

The new NTAS Bulletin's summary states:

"In December, we described a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. This basic assessment has not changed. In this environment, we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice. The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance."

DHS provides the following additional details in the bulletin:

  • "Since issuing the first Bulletin in December, our concerns that violent extremists could be inspired to conduct attacks inside the U.S. have not diminished.
  • Though we know of no intelligence that is both specific and credible at this time of a plot by terrorist organizations to attack the homeland, the reality is terrorist-inspired individuals have conducted, or attempted to conduct, attacks in the United States. 
  • DHS is especially concerned that terrorist-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists may be encouraged or inspired to target public events or places.
  • As we saw in the attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, and, most recently, Orlando, terrorists will consider a diverse and wide selection of targets for attacks. 
  • Terrorist use of the Internet to inspire individuals to violence or join their ranks remains a major source of concern.
  • In the current environment, DHS is also concerned about threats and violence directed at particular communities and individuals across the country, based on perceived religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation."

This NTAS Bulletin also describes the government's counterterrorism efforts, as well as how the public can help, be prepared, and stay informed. This includes an advisory to "be prepared for increased security and plan ahead to anticipate delays and restricted/prohibited items." In this current threat environment, which includes potential homegrown violent extremism, the public has a role to play too. Public vigilance and awareness can and do make a difference. 

It is important to remember that potential violent extremism is not specific to one group of law enforcement, and an individual(s) displaying violent behaviors may not distinguish between sworn and non-sworn campus public safety or law enforcement officials.

Read the full NTAS bulletin (PDF) and share with your campus communities. 


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