This Joint Threat Assessment (JTA) addresses threats to the 2017 Presidential Address to a Joint Session of Congress (the Presidential Address) at the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, on 28 February 2017. This assessment does not consider nonviolent civil disobedience tactics (for example, protests without a permit) that are outside the scope of federal law enforcement jurisdiction; however, civil disobedience tactics designed to cause a hazard to public safety and/or law enforcement fall within the scope of this assessment.
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Intelligence Fusion Centers, U.S. Secret Service
We have no specific or credible information indicating a threat to the US Capitol or the National Capital Region (NCR) to coincide with the 2012 State of the Union address. We assess, however, that al-Qa‘ida and its affiliates and allies remain committed to attacking the Homeland and, as of February 2010, al-Qa‘ida identified the NCR and the State of the Union address itself as important targets, presumably for attacks. Moreover, homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) as well as lone offenders could view the event as an attractive target, offering the means to inflict casualties and garner extensive media coverage. Detecting homeland plots involving HVEs and lone offenders continues to challenge law enforcement and intelligence agencies due to the operational independence of the perpetrators, which can reduce or eliminate preoperational indicators.
Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (REACT) Task Force Funding and Progress Report including personnel roster, January 2010.
U.S. Secret Service manual on best practices For seizing electronic evidence, October 9, 2006.
The Network Intrusion Responder Program (NITRO) was designed by the U.S. Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute to introduce law enforcement officers to basic network intrusion investigation techniques.
THE U.S. SECRET SERVICE
Investigates . . .
Fraud involving U.S. financial obligations and securities
Crimes affecting other federally insured financial institutions
Threats against the President & other government officials
Access Device fraud