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Archive for June 28th, 2021

Trump Conspiracy Theory Could Fuel Violence, Homeland Security Warns

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling

Homeland Security officials are worried that the conspiracy theory claiming Donald Trump will be reinstated as president could fuel violence. 

John Cohen, the agency’s top counterterrorism official, discussed the concerns with members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, POLITICO reports.

Cohen told members of Congress that the agency is monitoring extremist communities on social media.   

Among the concerns is that the conspiracy theory falsely suggests the election was rigged. 

The conspiracy theory has been promoted by Mike Lindell, the pillow magnate and Trump devotee. Reporters for The New York Times and National Review also indicated Trump believed the conspiracy theory.

After the POLITICO story was published, a DHS spokesperson said, “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is focused on the nexus between violence and extremist ideologies, as well as hateful and false narratives. DHS is enhancing its ability to prevent acts of violence inspired by disinformation, conspiracy theories, and extremist narratives spread through social media and other online platforms.”

FBI Agent Shot During Traffic Stop in Mississippi, Expected to Survive

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent was shot in Mississippi on Saturday night and is expected to survive. 

Authorities were still looking for the shooting suspect Sunday night, The Mississippi Clarion Ledge reports.

The agent with the FBI’s Jackson Field Office was helping Jackson police officers at a traffic stop around 11 p.m. when the suspect opened fire. 

The agent’s injuries were not life-threatening, Brett Carr, a spokesman for the Jackson Field Office, said. 

“While assisting JPD, an FBI special agent sustained a non-life threatening injury from a gunshot and has been released from the hospital,” Carr said. “The FBI Jackson Field Office is committed to assisting the Jackson Police Department with reducing violent crime.”

The suspect was identified as Demario Cotton, and he was driving a dark-colored Yukon.