FBI’s New Terrorists: 'Black Identity Extremists’

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  1. QueEx

    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator

    October 18, 2017 - 12:02 PM EDT

    ACLU wants FBI records on activists labeled 'black identity extremists'



    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pushing for the FBI to release documents on the surveillance of black individuals reportedly labeled by the agency as "extremists."

    The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Wednesday alongside the Center for Media Justice to obtain the documents, questioning the constitutionality of a leaked report.

    The groups pointed to an FBI "Intelligence Assessment" document leaked to Foreign Policy in August titled "Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers."

    The document, which says that some black individuals are an increasing threat to police, has been criticized as racist and caused alarm among advocacy groups.

    The ACLU charges that the report might not be constitutional on the grounds that the government is barred "from targeting people because of their racial identity or because they take part in First Amendment-protected activities, which include protesting racism and injustice."

    "The FBI's report is a red flag that the bureau is once again profiling Black activists because of their beliefs and race," Nusrat Choudhury, an attorney with the ACLU's Racial Justice Program, said in a statement.

    "The public deserves to know whether the labeling of so-called 'Black Identity Extremists' is the latest flawed example in the FBI's history of using threats - real or perceived - as an excuse to surveil Black people," Choudhury added.

    The Center for Media Justice, a racial advocacy group, argued that the report was indicative of a climatecreated by the Trump administration.


  2. QueEx

    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator

  3. QueEx

    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator

    Facts Do Matter

    Sessions: There are "black identity extremists" groups that have an extraordinary commitment to their racial identity.

    Rep Bass: Name one

    Sessions: (silence)

    Rep Bass: You know there are white supremacist groups?

    Sessions: Can't come up with one until reminded of KKK

    11:41 AM · Nov 14, 2017
  4. QueEx

    QueEx Well-Known Member Super Moderator


    The FBI’s New U.S. Terrorist Threat: ‘Black Identity Extremists’

    Law enforcement calls it a violent movement. Critics call it racist.

    Foreign Policy

    OCTOBER 6, 2017

    As white supremacists prepared to descend on Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, the FBI warned about a new movement that was violent, growing, and racially motivated. Only it wasn’t white supremacists; it was “black identity extremists.”

    Amid a rancorous debate over whether the Trump administration has downplayed the threat posed by white supremacist groups, the FBI’s counterterrorism division has declared that black identity extremists pose a growing threat of premeditated violence against law enforcement.

    “The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence,” reads the report, marked for official use only and obtained by 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.

    Some 748 people have been shot and killed by police so far in 2017, including at least 168 African-Americans.

    The report, dated Aug. 3 — just nine days before the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned deadly — appears to be the first known reference to “black identity extremists” as a movement. But former government officials and legal experts said no such movement even exists, and some expressed concern that the term is part of a politically motivated effort to find an equivalent threat to white supremacists.

    A former senior counterterrorism and intelligence official from the Department of Homeland Security who reviewed the document at FP’s request expressed shock at the language.

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

    The concept of “black identity extremists” appears to be entirely new. FP found only five references to the term in a Google search; all were to law enforcement documents about domestic terrorism from the last two months. One of those online references is to law enforcement training on identifying “domestic terror groups and criminally subversive subcultures which are encountered by law enforcement professionals on a daily basis.”

    Among the six acts of premeditated violence linked to black identity extremists — it excludes violence toward police carried out in the normal course of their duties — the reports cites the July 2016 shooting of 11 police officers in Dallas. The shooter, Micah Johnson, was reportedly angry at police violence.

    “Based on Johnson’s journal writings and statements to police, he appeared to have been influenced by BIE ideology,” the FBI report states. The attack took place during a Black Lives Matter protest of police shootings, though the BLM movement is not mentioned by name in the report.

    Yet those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement have voiced concerns about FBI surveillance.

    DeRay McKesson, an activist involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, told FP that the FBI visited his house in the run-up to the Republican National Convention. “I spoke about the FBI visit to my house and the houses of other activists in our final meeting with [President Barack] Obama,” he said.

    “There is a long tradition of the FBI targeting black activists and this is not surprising,” McKesson said.

    The FBI declined to comment on the report itself and did not respond to specific questions, but in an emailed statement to FP, the bureau defended its tracking of “black identity extremists,” saying that “the FBI cannot initiate an investigation based solely on an individual’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or the exercise of First Amendment rights.”

    In its August report, the FBI said it expects further attacks by black identity extremists, driven by both the perception and the reality of unfair treatment at the hands of police officers.

    “The FBI further assesses it is very likely additional controversial police shootings of African Americans and the associated legal proceedings will continue to serve as drivers for violence against law enforcement,” the report says.

    Some experts and former government officials said the FBI seemed to be trying to paint disparate groups and individuals as sharing a radical, defined ideology. And in the phrase “black identity extremist” they hear echoes of the FBI’s decades-long targeting of black activists as potential radicals, a legacy that only recently began to change.

    “They are grouping together Black Panthers, black nationalists, and Washitaw Nation,” said the former homeland security official. “Imagine lumping together white nationals, white supremacists, militias, neo-Nazis, and calling it ‘white identity extremists.’”

    The FBI is linking the people discussed in the report based only on them being black, rather than on any sort of larger ideological connection, the official said. “The race card is being played here deliberately.”

    “The race card is being played here deliberately.”

    Michael German, a former FBI agent and now a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program, said manufacturing this type of threat was not new. He has criticized earlier FBI reports on “black separatists,” arguing that they conflated radical groups operating in the 1970s with attacks in 2010 and later, even though there was no obvious connection.

    The use of terms like “black identity extremists” is part of a long-standing FBI attempt to define a movement where none exists. “Basically, it’s black people who scare them,” German said.

    Even former officials who view the government’s concerns about black separatists as legitimate balked at the term “black identity extremist,” and point out that the threat from individuals or groups who want to establish their own homeland is much less than from the far right.

    In 2009, Daryl Johnson, then a Department of Homeland Security intelligence analyst, warned of the rise of right-wing extremism, setting off a firestorm among congressional critics. Johnson, who left the department in 2010, said he could think of no reason why the FBI would create a new category for so-called black identity extremists. “I’m at a loss,” he replied, when asked about the term.

    “I have no idea of why they would come up with a new term.”

    There have been concerns about rising violence among black separatist groups in recent years, he said, but it does not approach the threat of right-wing extremism. “When talking about white supremacists versus black supremacists, there are way more white supremacists,” Johnson said.

    For historians and academics who have looked at the history of FBI surveillance of black Americans, the report also smacks of the sort of blatant racism the bureau has worked hard to leave behind. From the time J. Edgar Hoover took over the anti-radical division in the FBI at the height of the first “red scare” in 1919, the bureau began systematically surveilling black activists.


  5. Mrfreddygoodbud

    Mrfreddygoodbud Well-Known Member BGOL Investor

    We are not black people black is a legal term and by calling each other that we waive our rights as citizens...

    They fear us claiming our true heritage...

    Notice they mention washitaw

    Since when has the washitaw nation

    Done anything as viilent as kkk klowns

    They are playing a serious game and they know who we are

    Too bad most of us dont....

    This is terror to them if we start claiming who we are...

    And stop calling ourselves black that is what the enemy labeled us after ripping away our true culture and language

    Then gave us a cracker faggot euro jesus to replace our antcestors

    And we call on this faggot and ignore our antcestors and wonder why we are in the

    Predicament we are in....

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