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DHS, FBI Warn Personnel of Potential Mar-a-Lago Backlash

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In the wake of the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are warning of an increase in violent threats against the two agencies and their personnel.

A joint intelligence bulletin released on Friday suggested “the FBI’s recent execution of a search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida” could have prompted the uptick.

The agencies further claimed to have “observed an increase in violent threats posted on social media against federal officials and facilities, including a threat to place a so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI Headquarters and issuing general calls for ‘civil war‘ and ‘armed rebellion.'”

The bulletin pointed to a recent incident involving a man who died in a shootout with FBI and Ohio law enforcement officials on Thursday. Navy veteran Ricky Shiffer had reportedly attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office in retaliation for the raid on Mar-a-Lago.

Shiffer allegedly posted on his Truth Social account after the failed attempt, writing, “If you don’t hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it’ll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland condemned the public backlash against the FBI in the aftermath of the raid, stating, “I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants.”

Disagreements between Trump and the FBI, as well as intelligence agencies, led Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to warn the president back in 2017 against continuing to criticize these entities, saying on national television, “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

Recently, the FBI has been scrutinized for allegations of partisan bias, racial targeting, and illegal activities.

Between 2011 and 2014, the FBI allegedly “authorized” or allowed over 20,000 crimes to be committed, some of which led to people’s deaths or millions of dollars’ worth of damage, according to official documents released under the Freedom of Information Act to an online news publication.

Since 2019, the percentage of Americans who believe that the FBI is doing an “excellent/good job” has dropped from 57% to 44%, according to data from Gallup surveys.

While trust in the FBI fell among Republicans and Independents, Democrat respondents were the only group that maintained a majority positive opinion of the Bureau.

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Corky Smith
Corky Smith
1 month ago

This was NOT A RAID. This was a properly executed legal warrant to search a specific area for specific items. Calling this a RAID does nothing but inflame the passions of the people that are putting the lives of law enforcement personnel in danger. Shame on this writer and shame on Dallas Express.

Get Real
Get Real
1 month ago

To be clear, this was not a raid but a lawful search. Get your reporting accurate.

StopInsanity
StopInsanity
Reply to  Get Real
1 month ago

Thank you!

kevin
kevin
Reply to  Get Real
1 month ago

If it’s not a “raid,” then it’s gotta be “home invasion.”

Bill Zoltan
Bill Zoltan
1 month ago

Move the FBI to the middle of the country out of DC ASAP

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  Bill Zoltan
1 month ago

I wouldn’t do any good. The stranglehold and the corrupt influence the Democrats have on the FBI reaches far and wide.

StopInsanity
StopInsanity
Reply to  caseyp
1 month ago

I was in total agreement with you until you mentioned Democrats. We all need to find middle ground and stop the hatred. I am so tired of all the fighting from both sides and hope you are too.

kevin
kevin
Reply to  StopInsanity
1 month ago

Can’t bring out the truth, without mentioning who’s abusing their power in D.C.. It is the democrat party currently in control. The republicans have been on defense for decades, and now we need strong republican leadership to fight to regain our republic and to save this great country from socialism to wokeness/crt in our schools.

caseyp
caseyp
1 month ago

Merrick Garland condemned the public backlash, stating, “I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked.” What about President Trump’s integrity that has been attacked for the past 6 1/2 years. No AG, Democrat or RINOs have been concerned about that.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  caseyp
1 month ago

Trump has demonstrated time, and time again he HAS no integrity. Continue to defend him when it is obvious to an idiot that he only cares about himself and raking in millions of dollars playing the victim card. Send him your hard earned money. He will need it for all the legal fees coming! Someone asked, “Who is the bigger fool? The fool or the fool who follows him?”

RiverKing
RiverKing
1 month ago

Garland and I do not share a common understanding of “integrity”.

J.T.
J.T.
1 month ago

Get it straight, the media said he was shot and dead. 1911 5 seconds,911 5 hours.

Last edited 1 month ago by J.T.
kevin
kevin
1 month ago

Shumer is the same idiot who stood on the SCOTUS steps, and loudly directly threatened two of the Supreme Court Justices for their vote to overturn ROE v WADE back to the states. The hypocricy of the left, knows no bounds and they fully support violence. The RAID on Mar-A-Lago is just another example of the Federal gov’ts police agencies to be used against their political opponents, and us citizens. Been goin on rampant since 2010. Long overdue for some serious flushing in the D.C. toilet.

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