New Jersey officials have raised the threat level from white supremacists to the highest possible level — while deeming Islamic terror groups like ISIS a low threat to the Garden State.
The annual threat assessment report released Friday shows that white supremacists are now labeled a “high” threat for attacks, joining other so-called homegrown violent extremists as the biggest menace.
“The threat from white supremacist extremists increased from moderate to high in 2020 due to the number of threats, plots, and attacks conducted in 2019,” the report said.
ISIS, however, was dropped from a moderate threat level to low, joining other fundamentalist terror groups like Al Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram.
“ISIS continues to focus on establishing its worldwide presence, but the group has not conducted an attack in the United States,” the report said.
However, it acknowledged that “ISIS’s inspiration of supporters” still makes “homegrown violent extremists a consistently high threat.”
“Homeland security and law enforcement professionals at all levels have taken notice of the rise in activity from white supremacist extremists,” said Jared Maples, the director of New Jersey’s Homeland Security ( NJOHSP).
“New Jersey is committed to protecting the diversity of culture and faith that shapes our great State,” he said.
That is why his office “increased the threat posed by white supremacist extremists from moderate to high in 2020, joining homegrown violent extremists as the most persistent hostile actors in New Jersey.”
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