A police intelligence “fusion center”, heavily funded by the Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about domestic terrorism, complete with imagery for officers to be on the lookout for.
But some of that imagery is iconic of military veterans, conservatives, and patriots – and calling it a mark of “violent extremists” has many people upset.
The Utah Statewide Information and Analysis Center released this report (PDF link) while at the same time saying they found “no credible threats to law enforcement are present at this time”.
But the authors paint a picture including “caravans” of “armed extremists” as well as the list of visual indicators including:
– The Gadsden flag, a legendary Revolutionary war banner featuring a coiled rattlesnake and the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me”. In recent years it has become revived as a rally cry for conservatives, libertarians, and patriots.
– Oath Keepers, the icon of a group of veterans and first responders who have made the commitment to continue their oath to defend the constitution.
– A Grateful Dead logo, with no reason given other than calling it “common sovereign citizen imagery”.