According to leaked FBI documents, “black identity extremists” rank among the agency’s top priority in counterterrorism.
The FBI’s priority list was obtained by The Young Turks Thursday. It outlined 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.
Under the Trump administration, they’re considered a bigger threat than terror groups such as Al Qaeda.
“Animal rights/environmental extremists” and “anti-authority extremists” were also deemed top existential threats.
Under a cryptic strategy titled “IRON FIST,” the leaked documents suggest the Bureau plans to use infiltration and other undercover techniques to “mitigate” threats posed by black extremist groups, including exploiting the felony status of some members.
Other language labels black extremists as racist themselves.
In the documents leaked to The Young Turks, the FBI sought to lower the “threat impact” by BIEs and identify who is recruiting or facilitating for such groups in the U.S.