FBI ranks “black identity extremists” bigger threat than Al Qaeda, white supremacists: Leaked documents
Leaked FBI documents indicate “black identity extremists” and animal rights activists are among the agency’s top counterterrorism priorities under President Donald Trump.
The FBI’s priority list documents, obtained by The Young Turks Thursday, lay out the Bureau’s 2018 fiscal year focal points in counterterrorism, cyber crime and counterintelligence.
The 2018-19 “Threat Guidance” documents describe black identity extremists (BIEs) as those who “use force or violence in violation of criminal law in response to perceived racism and injustice in American society.” The files claimed some BIEs acted in hopes of “establishing a separate black homeland or autonomous black social institutions, communities or governing organizations within the USA.”
An internal FBI report from August 2017 was widely criticized for using the BIE label, which many called racist. But the Consolidated Strategy Guide documents leaked this week show the FBI kept the term and made BIEs one of its top counterterrorism priorities.
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