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February 07, 2022

Chairman Thompson Statement on Updated DHS Public Bulletin on the Terrorism Threat

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Majorkas issuing a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin on the current terrorism threat:

"Today’s action by the Department of Homeland Security aligns with what the Committee was told about the current threat picture at our hearing last week on the dynamic terrorism landscape. It is not lost on me that the timing of the NTAS bulletin— in the midst of a spike in bomb threats that have terrorized HBCUs and others—underscores the complex, diffused, and dynamic nature of the threats we face today.

 “Notably, the bulletin acknowledges that ‘threats directed at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other colleges and universities, Jewish facilities, and churches cause concern and may inspire extremist threat actors to mobilize to violence.’  We must stay vigilant and redouble our efforts to help at-risk facilities bolster security through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program.

“I am proud that the Committee on Homeland Security is continuing its oversight work in this space. Building off of last week’s hearing, we are hold a hearing tomorrow on the Nonprofit Security Grant Program and the Jewish community.”

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