DHS warns of possible convoy of US truckers during Super Bowl

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned law enforcement and public safety officials across the United States on Tuesday that a convoy of truckers protesting vaccination mandates could begin Sunday when the Super Bowl is played. in Los Angeles, Calif., Yahoo News first reported.

According to the outlet, which obtained unclassified internal documents, DHS warned national agencies that it “has received reports of a convoy of truckers planning to potentially block roads in major metropolitan cities across the United States to protest, among other things, vaccination mandates for truck drivers.

The agency believes the protest, similar to the one in Ottawa, Canada, could “severely disrupt transportation, federal government, and law enforcement operations through traffic jams and potential counter-protests.

“The DHS alert says that “the group intends to start in California as early as mid-February and travel to Washington, D.C., through mid-March, apparently rounding up truckers as they travel across the country, “adding that truckers at the protest in Ottawa may also travel to Washington to participate,” according to the report.

DHS noted that the U.S. trucking convoy “appears to be purely ambitious as the event is only being discussed online” thinks “that could change quickly.”

A DHS source told the outlet that the convoy of American truckers “is absolutely a real concern” and that protesters will “certainly follow the Canadian model and shut down Washington.” The source further added that law enforcement is trying to ‘figure out what to do’ if the convoy blocks DC like a similar convoy did in Canada – which the DHS official said is ‘a real possibility’ .

“At this time, we have no indication that individuals discussing participation in these activities in the United States are engaging in anything other than activity protected by the First Amendment,” the DHS alert dated 8 February. “Nevertheless, DHS remains concerned that these events could have significant public safety implications or be potentially exploited by ideologically motivated actors to potentially act or encourage others to act violently.”

In a statement to Yahoo News, a DHS spokesperson said the agency was following reports of the potential convoy.

“We have not observed any specific calls for violence in the United States associated with this convoy, and we are working closely with our federal, state and local partners to continuously assess the threat environment and ensure the safety of our communities. DHS will continue to share timely and actionable information with the public,” the statement continued.

The agency issued an alert Tuesday that the potential convoy of U.S. truckers is expected to overlap with the Super Bowl, which will be played in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday. The convoy could also coincide with President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on March 1 in DC, believing a DHS source told the outlet that the convoy is unlikely to arrive in time.

The agency’s warning to US law enforcement comes just a day after Homeland Security Chief Alejandro Mayorkas issued a “National Terrorism Advisory” stating:

Key factors contributing to the current heightened threat environment include:
1. The proliferation of false or misleading accounts that sow discord or undermine public confidence in US government institutions:
For example, there is a widespread online proliferation of false or misleading stories regarding widespread unsubstantiated voter fraud and COVID-19. Grievances associated with these themes have inspired violent extremist attacks in 2021.

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Mayorkas and Biden, saying in part that “state-sponsored threats to free speech are un-American” and that the “bullying tactic “should be canceled immediately.


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