Law enforcement is tracking online posts promoting a violent reunion on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, and other potential threats tied to the upcoming anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, according to intelligence reports obtained by Yahoo News.
The calls for violence in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Jan. 6, are detailed in a Jan. 3 Department of Homeland Security open source intelligence report, which describes flyers for the violent reunion posted online. The DHS report was sent to the FBI and other agencies on Monday for further investigation and includes copies of the flyers being circulated calling for a bloody attack on Jan. 6.
“This was just the beginning,” says one of the flyers, which features an image of rioters in the Capitol Rotunda during the insurrection last year. The image is covered with what appears to be blood splatter and says: “Reunion on Capitol Hill January 6 2022.”
One flyer shows Jan. 6 rioters breaching the Capitol, with superimposed images of blood, while another shows rioters breaching the Capitol last year, with calls to “TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK.” A number of the flyers call on people to join the “Reunion on Capitol Hill on January 6 2022.”
This DHS report was sent to, among others, nearly a dozen law enforcement and intelligence agencies, including FBI, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department, the NSA and the CIA.
This is just one of a number of potential threats that the DHS has flagged for law enforcement agencies to investigate in the days leading up to the first anniversary of Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Other online posts sent to law enforcement for further review include one by a suspected extremist giving detailed instructions and tactics for conducting a sniper attack another post by a different suspected extremist giving instructions for making homemade explosives, according to intelligence reports obtained by Yahoo News.
A DHS spokesperson declined to comment specifically on its raw intelligence report detailing these calls for a violent reunion.
“Since the violent events one year ago, DHS has enhanced its ability to detect, analyze, and respond to threats,” the spokesperson wrote in a statement to Yahoo News. “The men and women of our Department remain vigilant in their national security mission, and we will continue to review the threat environment and share information with the public and our partners.”
The FBI declined Yahoo News’ requests for comment.
Despite those reports of potential violence, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that DHS is “not aware of any specific credible threats at this point related to Jan. 6, 2022.” However, the report flagging calls for a violent reunion at the Capitol seem to reflect what Mayorkas described as the DHS’s “heightened levels of vigilance” with regard to all signs of potential domestic terrorist activity.