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Friday, February 23, 2024

DHS reissues bulletin

DHS reissues bulletin

The Department of Homeland Security is reissuing a bulletin summarizing the threat of domestic terrorism and ways in which the public can help thwart a potential attack.

Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly announced the issuance of an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin pertaining to the homegrown terror threat.

“After careful consideration of the current threat environment and input from intelligence and law enforcement partners, I have made the decision to update and extend the NTAS Bulletin for six months based on the persistent threat from homegrown terrorists,” said Secretary Kelly. “We are in a generational fight against terrorists groups and those they inspire, and for us to protect our homeland we will need constant vigilance and clear focus on staying a step ahead of the enemy.”

Earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration issued a bulletin highlighting the ways in which truckers and transportation workers can play an active role in derailing terrorist attacks via TSA’s “First Observer Plus” program. The program provides training to transportation workers, and encourages those on the front lines of a potential terror attack to be vigilant, and to report suspicious transportation-related activity to a dedicated hotline.

The bulletin urges Americans to “continue to travel, attend public events, and freely associate with others but remain vigilant and aware of surroundings.”

This marks the fourth iteration of the bulletin on the homegrown threat, which has been reissued twice previously since the initial bulletin was released in December 2015. The current bulletin expires on Nov. 15, 2017.