The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin that reflects the tragic events of Orlando several days ago.
In the Bulletin’s summary, DHS notes:
“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.”
This NTAS Bulletin describes the government’s counterterrorism efforts, and how the public can help and be prepared in the current environment. This includes an advisory to “[b]e prepared for increased security and plan ahead to anticipate delays and restricted/prohibited items.”
This new Bulletin has a duration of five months, and will expire in mid-November, just before the start of the holiday season.
DHS notes that the full weight of the U.S. government – including military, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security communities, along with our partners in state and local law enforcement – is dedicated to detecting and defeating terrorism and protecting the homeland.
In this current threat environment, which includes the prospect of homegrown violent extremism, the public has a role to play too. Public vigilance and awareness can and do make a difference.
The NTAS Bulletin is intended to contribute to an informed public, and promote public vigilance and awareness.
Read the full NTAS Bulletin.