A leaked memo has revealed that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing for an increase in politically motivated violence after the Supreme Court hands down its official ruling on Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks.
First Axios and then Fox News published details from a leaked May 13 memo which revealed that federal law enforcement has been investigating threats made on social media to “burn down or storm” the Supreme Court building.
Radical pro-abortion activists began making such threats following the leaking of an early draft opinion of a Supreme Court decision which indicated that the court was poised to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, overturning abortion precedents such as Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
These radical activists have called for a “summer of rage” if the court were to overturn the precedents and roll back abortion rights. Protests have already begun across the country, organized by various pro-abortion organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the Women’s March. One radical group even doxxed the addresses of conservative Supreme Court justices, leading to illegal protests outside of the homes of the justices.
The left has already escalated their tactics, vandalizing pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, even going so far as to attack the Wisconsin Family Action organization in Madison, Wisconsin with a Moltov cocktail.
According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo, threats made against Supreme Court justices, lawmakers, churches, and abortion clinics “are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court’s official ruling.”
The DHS also noted that violence could come from both sides of the abortion debate.
“Some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists’ embrace of pro-life narratives may be linked to the perception of wanting to ‘save white children’ and ‘fight white genocide,’” the memo reportedly states, while also warning that extremist acts may come from radical pro-abortion activists.
The memo also makes sure to note that heated rhetoric surrounding the abortion debate should not be confused with calls to violence.
“The mere advocacy of political or social positions, political activism, use of strong rhetoric, or generalized philosophic embrace of violent tactics does not constitute domestic violent extremism or illegal activity and is constitutionally protected,” the memo states.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the department said that the government “is committed to protecting Americans’ freedom of speech and other civil rights and civil liberties, including the right to peacefully protest.”
“DHS is also committed to working with our partners across every level of government and the private sector to share timely information and intelligence, prevent all forms of violence, and to support law enforcement efforts to keep our communities safe,” the spokesman added.
Last week, the Department of Justice announced that it was monitoring threats made against Supreme Court justices.
“Attorney General Garland continues to be briefed on security matters related to the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Justices. The Attorney General directed the U.S. Marshals Service to help ensure the Justices’ safety by providing additional support to the Marshal of the Supreme Court and Supreme Court Police,” said DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley.