ABSTRACT

FBI Categorization of Domestic Terrorism [November 7, 2017]   [open pdf - 498KB]

From the Document: "In August 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, the Bureau), reportedly published an intelligence assessment that conceptualized a new form of domestic terrorism, 'black identity extremism' (BIE). In October, 'Foreign Policy' magazine's blog obtained a copy of the FBI assessment and made it publicly available. In recent years, the FBI (the lead federal law enforcement agency charged with counterterrorism investigations) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have delineated a number of ideologies that domestic terrorists use to justify their crimes. Domestic terrorists/extremists commit crimes in the name of animal rights, environmental rights, anarchism, white supremacy, anti-government beliefs (such as those that inspire 'sovereign citizens' and unauthorized militias), black separatism, as well as beliefs tied to abortion. It is unclear whether BIE somehow changes this list--for example, adding 'black identity' as an 'ideology' that can inspire extremists. The expression of any of these worldviews-- minus the commission of crimes--typically involves constitutionally protected activity. As such, many individuals and movements openly and lawfully espousing these beliefs distance themselves from people who use these ideologies to justify their crimes."

Report Number:
CRS In Focus, IF10769
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2017-11-07
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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