DHS Warns Terrorists Might Exploit Coronavirus

Bulletin warns extremists will exploit public fears

With the American public already whipped into a panic by the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new security bulletin warning that terrorists are likely to try to take advantage of it.

The DHS says they don’t have information on any active plots, but says the groups are spreading “misinformation” on the virus, and that attacks and incitement will continue to grow in the coming months.

From the terrorist perspective, existing fear can act as a multiplier for anything generated in the attacks, and the US government is so heavily caught up in coping with the virus, the DHS believes it may create opportunities for further attacks that wouldn’t be possible otherwise.

As is always the case where DHS bulletins are concerned, the administration can well use this threat to try to justify more military offensives, stirring up more crises at a time that they could ill-afford to shoulder at this time. With the government already feeling so vulnerable, even the imagination of threats could have a deleterious impact.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.