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A professor of administration and politics at Boston University, David Rosenblum, does not rule out an attack similar to the one on the home of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives amid federal warnings as the midterm elections approach. , Nancy Pelosi, has not been exposed. in the country.

A bipartisan committee member warned of an “increased acceptance of violence” when testifying before Congress about the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the Capitol during the November 2020 presidential ratification vote.

The incident of David Dibab (42), who broke into the home of the third official in the US government and detained and assaulted her husband, Paul Pelosi, caused a great shock in American society and among a large number of politicians caused in Washington.

He wanted to “kidnap her and break her knees” … Reveal the motives of the Pelosi home invader

US authorities revealed Monday that the man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband with a hammer told police he wanted to “hold the prominent Democratic leader hostage and break her knees” to other members of Congress to show that there were “consequences for the action.”

On Friday, the same day the attack took place, US security agencies warned of possible attacks on political candidates and election officials in the coming period.

And American Public Radio (NPR) obtained a bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Counter-Terrorism Center, and the Capitol Police, warning of attacks motivated by ” ideological” reasons in the coming period.

She specifically warned against “singular” actors who she said posed the biggest threat with the rise of domestic extremism, saying they were mostly motivated by the idea of ​​overturning the elections, which Joe Biden won over his opponent, Donald Trump. to “cheat” .

The bulletin spoke of new theories about election fraud undermining the midterm elections scheduled for Nov. 8, and the agencies said they had identified violent extremists last month who believed the electoral system was “under attack.”

“Some domestic violence extremists, motivated by election-related grievances, are likely to view election-related infrastructure, personnel and voters involved in the election process as attractive targets,” the new warning said.

This includes “polling places, voter registration sites, campaign events and political party offices.”

The bulletin warned that they could target election-related websites in hopes of “influencing voting, undermining perceptions of the legitimacy of the voting process, or provoking a government response.”

And elected officials were subjected to threats weeks ago and warned that new attacks could expose other officials.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if a senator or representative was killed,” said Senator Susan Collins, whose Maine home was vandalized in early October.

Adam Kinzinger, an anti-Trump member of the House of Representatives, has been subjected to threats, and audio excerpts of those threats have been released.

The mid-term elections.. “real violence” imposes itself on the merits

About a month before the US midterm elections next November, lawmakers and election officials are warning of renewed violence targeting them, especially after recording incidents of assault that included “a window broken, a man yelling with his weapon visible at his waist, and daily death threats” .”

Studies conducted by US institutions indicate an escalation of violence in previous years.

According to the Los Angeles Times, incidents of violence in recent years have ranged between murder, such as during the storming of the Capitol, and threats against him by phone and e-mail messages.

Last year, Capitol Police documented 9,625 threats against members of Congress and their families, double what it was in 2017 (3,939). As of March 23 of this year, the Capitol Police said it had opened approximately 1,820 cases of threats.

A study released in May this year by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said that the government, the military and law enforcement agencies in particular were the main targets of local attacks in 2021, and these attacks accounted for 43 percent. of all attacks.

A joint project between the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Princeton University tracked nearly 400 incidents of harassment and threats against election, health and education officials in 43 states from January 2020 to mid-September this year.

Threats or harassment of election officials or polling officials extended to 21 states and accounted for about 34 percent of all incidents.

Responsible women were targeted at a higher frequency, accounting for 42.5 percent of all accidents.

According to the CSIS study, there was an increase in the number of attacks and plots by anarchists and anti-fascists in 2021, rising from 23 percent in 2020 to 40 percent in 2021.

Despite the increase in attacks from both the far right and the far left, in 2021 far-right incidents were the most likely to be fatal, according to the study.

Law enforcement officials warned in a bulletin cited by US Public Radio that the threat of violence goes beyond just politicians, as religious minorities are also a potential target.

In his statements to Al-Hurra website, Rosenblum confirms that the activity of hate groups is increasing against political officials, as well as religious groups, especially Muslims and Jews, by violent groups who believe that this country is “Christian”.

“I think we’re seeing a tremendous amount of violence directed against religion that we haven’t seen in a long time. Muslims and Jews are specific targets of this violence,” he added.

Rachel Kleinfeld, a fellow in the program on democracy, conflict and governance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, spoke before the US Congress that “acceptance of political violence has increased sharply over the past five years.”

“Violent beliefs and activities are becoming commonplace,” said Kleinfeld, a member of the nonpartisan National Task Force on Election Crises in the United States, noting that an escalation of politically motivated violence should be expected during upcoming election seasons.

In his statements to the Al-Hurra website, Rosenblum said that “violence has become somewhat natural for some, because politicians, especially from the right, practice violence when they do not condemn it, and they themselves sometimes challenge the legitimacy of elections.”

He points out that some “used violent language in some of their speeches and aired ads that did not condemn violence.”

He explains that the use of violent language in society did not occur in the United States for hundreds of years, but “now it has been accepted by some politicians, and then some people who are prone to violence pick up on this signal.”

It is believed that the violence that took place on 6 January 2021 has not stopped.”

“We have a lot of guns, and we have politicians who say you have to be armed and ready,” he says. “This is the violence that some encourage.”

He points out that the matter goes beyond differences of opinion, as some politicians “demonize” other politicians, and this is the “most extreme level”.

In a previous report, AFP indicated that in the midst of the mid-term election campaign, violence can be seen especially in the election advertisements of some candidates.

According to an analysis by the Center for American Progressive Action Fund, at least 104 ads aired this year show a conservative candidate with a handgun or assault rifle.

In some of these ads, candidates enjoy pointing weapons at images or puppets representing their opponents.

Kleinfeld warned Congress that “the majority of individuals who commit spontaneous or organized political violence are not officially affiliated with any extremist group.”

Politico points out that there are “political terrorists” who do not need official organizations to recruit and indoctrinate them with ideas, because they get these ideas easily from the Internet and there are prominent political figures who support those ideas.

A report by the Center for Southern Studies stated that the “reactionary and racist beliefs” that led some to storm the Capitol “have not disappeared,” suggesting that extremist groups have found ways to insert themselves into mainstream politics. to add.

The center notes that the number of hate groups decreased for the third consecutive year, to 733, in 2021, from a historic high of 1,020 in 2018. The number of anti-government groups also decreased, from 566 in 2020 to 488 in 2021. .

This decline does not mean that it has receded, “but the extremist ideas that mobilize them are now operating more openly in the political mainstream.”

“Militant groups are very active on the Internet, and they use the Internet as a way to connect people overtly or fraudulently,” says Rosenblum.

“There are many messages coming out of them, and they are deceptive messages and they come to individuals who, for one reason or another, find these messages acceptable. But whether they act alone or in groups, violent groups are still very active.”

In its analysis, Politico indicates that Graydon Young, of the “Oath Guards” group that participated in the storming of the Capitol, became obsessed with conspiracy theories after the 2020 election, and was ready to engage in violence before he stormed the Capitol building.

Dibab’s online writings indicate his interest in “conspiracy theories backed by the far right”. J said. McKenna, of George Washington University, told Politico that his publications reveal that his motives are “Jewish, Holocaust denial, anti-black, anti-transgender, misogynistic, communist and liberal.”

After his arrest, Dibab told investigators he wanted to “hold Nancy Pelosi hostage and break her knees,” to show other members of Congress that there are “consequences for the actions.”

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