There's an increasing feeling that the other side is my enemy, not my rival," De Bastos said. "People see those images and worry that will happen in their neighborhood.
-Jose de Bastos, WorldAware's Intelligence Analyst
Things have long moved past political rivalries and now many Americans see this election as a battle for the heart and soul of the country, says Jose De Bastos, a security analyst with WorldAware, a risk management company. De Bastos predicts any violence that materializes will likely be centered around government institutions, like city halls and courthouses because people often attack symbols of power. He says early reports of violence or averted violence, like the Michigan governor's apparent near-abduction by right-wing terrorists, are rightfully scaring people.
All summer, Americans have been bombarded with images of armored, anonymous riot police clashing with protesters, piling out of armored vehicles with batons and tear gas launchers, and dragging detainees into custody.
"There's an increasing feeling that the other side is my enemy, not my rival," De Bastos said. "People see those images and worry that will happen in their neighborhood."
The on-demand intelligence briefing, recorded October 29, provided an analysis of tensions surrounding the US elections. Watch the on-demand intelligence briefing here.
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