‘Black Identity Extremists’: The New FBI Terrorist Threat

FBI, Race and Ethnicity, Racism and Hate Groups

The FBI has renamed and reclassified black people who are willing to fight for equal rights. They are now referred to as “black identity extremists” and are considered a terrorist threat for demanding equal rights and opportunities.

This is the dangerous, racially motivated movement the FBI counterterrorism unit warned about in a report back in August. The FBI report was released on Aug. 3—just nine days before a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly, reported Foreign Policy magazine.

Foreign Policy obtained the report, which is marked for official use only. The document warns that “black identity extremists” pose a growing threat to law enforcement. In a particularly cruel and unfounded assertion, the FBI claims that police attacks on black Americans could spur “premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence” against the police.

According to Foreign Policy,

The August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was the catalyst for widespread anger and violence, the FBI report says, concluding that continued “alleged” police abuses have fueled more violence.

“The FBI assesses it is very likely incidents of alleged police abuse against African Americans since then have continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement,” the report states.

That sounds nice for the report, but violence against black people, as well as outrage against it, started long before Michael Brown.

The report does not specifically mention the Black Lives Matter movement, but it is clearly what the report is about.

As Foreign Policy noted, Law enforcement has killed 748 people so far in 2017, 168 were black Americans.

Meanwhile, the report lists six total acts of premeditated violence against officers, including the shooting death of Dallas police officers at a BLM rally in July 2016. The shooter, Micah Johnson, wasn’t affiliated with BLM but was reportedly “influenced by BIE ideology,” based on his journals and statements to police, reported The Root.

The move is the latest iteration of a long tradition of the FBI targeting and tracking black activists. The most famous example is COINTELPRO, which was created in 1956 with the explicit intent to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalist[s],” according to the FBI’s own documents. Then, as now, the people the feds are actually targeting were mostly activists fighting to advance racial equality.

According to Foreign Policy, this new guidance has raised suspicions among the intelligence community, with one former official expressing shock at the report’s contents.

“This is a new umbrella designation that has no basis,” the former official told FP. “There are civil rights and privacy issues all over this.”

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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