The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday warning of the lingering potential for violence from people motivated by antigovernment sentiment after President Joe Biden’s election, suggesting the January 6 riot at the Capitol may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks, reports the Associated Press.
The department did not cite any specific plots, but pointed to “a heightened threat environment across the United States” that it believes “will persist” for weeks after Biden’s January 20 inauguration.
The risk and dangers of further violence are exemplified by the case of Ian Benjamin Rogers, who federal prosecutors alleged, in charges made public Wednesday, wrongly believed Donald Trump had won the election, built pipe bombs, and planned to go to “war” against Democrats and others to keep him in power, reports the Washington Post.
Ian Benjamin Rogers had been taken into custody earlier this month on state charges after Napa County authorities and the FBI searched his home and business and found 49 guns and five pipe bombs, according to an FBI affidavit in the case.
The fallout from the violence on January 6th is still being experienced as The Hill reports today that a second police officer who responded to the attack on the Capitol by a violent mob on Jan. 6 has died by suicide.
Acting MPD Chief Robert Contee identified the officer as Jeffrey Smith, who he said was injured while trying to help contain the mob of former President Trump‘s supporters attempting to stop Congress from certifying President Biden’s electoral victory.
Acting Capitol Police chief, Yogananda PittmanPittman acknowledged in her testimony that many Capitol Police officers are suffering from trauma after working on the front lines against the violent mob and from the loss of their colleagues.