A new report from Foreign Terror Magazine claims the FBI is citing Black extremists as the latest domestic terrorist threat on home soil. The warning comes from the FBI’s now-redacted PDF report, “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” originally released in August, 2017.
Despite later withdrawing the report from circulation, the PDF contains disturbing details that paint a stark picture of racial tensions in the United States. Claims that Black Identity Extremists would proactively target police were connected to perceived injustices like the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and other highly racialized events. The FBI report accused Black Identity Extremists of “exploiting” these events, insinuating that some were using them as an excuse to commit violence.
“…it is very likely BIEs proactively target police and openly identify and justify their actions with social-political agendas commensurate with their perceived injustices against African Americans.”
FBI report writers state that the scope of the report is limited only to individuals with BIE ideological motivations who have already committed targeted, premeditated attacks against law enforcement officers, at least since 2014. They also assert that the report only focuses on reactive violence.
The idea that grievances on behalf of black activists would lead to violence is neither new nor always well-supported. The FBI made similar statements concerning the Black Panthers in the 1960s and 1970s. It is true that many black activists are drawing parallels between modern day struggles against what they perceive to be “the oppressor” and historical slavery.
Other passages in the report assert that Black Identity Extremists are driven by “a sense of disenfranchisement from society” and “a perception that the criminal justice system is unjust.”
A final conclusion at the end of the report affirms that the FBI believes violence and retaliatory action will become more severe in the near future.
“The FBI assesses it is very likely that BIEs’ perceptions of unjust treatment of African Americans and the perceived unchallenged illegitimate actions of law enforcement will inspire premeditated attacks against law enforcement over the next year.”
It isn’t immediately clear when or why the FBI redacted the report, but the document’s URL does contain the intelligence organization’s standard REDACTED message. It is no longer available on anything but third-party websites.