The memo from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis says federal and state officials, including judges, “are likely most at risk of violence in response to the ruling.”
It also includes warnings about “First Amendment protected events,” “reproductive health care and family advocacy facilities,” and faith-based organizations being targets of violence or criminal incidents.
“Freedom of speech and the right of Americans to peacefully protest are fundamental constitutional rights. These rights do not extend to violence and other illegal activities. DHS will continue to work with our partners at all levels of government to share timely information and support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe,” a Homeland Security spokesperson told CNN in a statement.
DHS previously issued a National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin warning of potential violence surrounding the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion rights.
The memo notes that potential violence is expected “for weeks” after Friday’s decision, as domestic violent extremists “may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and related ballot measures.” to abortion. The assessment, DHS said in the memo, is based on an increase in violent incidents after a project leaked last month.
Some of these earlier incidents are cited throughout the memo, including arson attacks targeting pregnancy resource centers and incidents of vandalism threatening violence targeting “religious establishments perceived to be opposed to abortion.”
The intelligence arm of DHS relied on a variety of sources, including media accounts, open source reports, and Department of Justice press releases, for its assessment.