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Branigin writes: "Raise your hand if you identify as a 'black identity extremist.' Matter of fact, raise your hand if you've ever even heard of the term 'black identity extremist.'"

A police officer stands in front of protesters in Baltimore. (photo: Michigan Chronicle)
A police officer stands in front of protesters in Baltimore. (photo: Michigan Chronicle)

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Threat: 'Black Identity Extremists'

Report: FBI Launches COINTELPRO 2.0, Targeting 'Black Identity Extremists'

By Anne Branigin, The Root

07 October 17


aise your hand if you identify as a “black identity extremist.” Matter of fact, raise your hand if you’ve ever even heard of the term “black identity extremist.”

According to a new report from Foreign Policy magazine, this is the dangerous, racially motivated movement the FBI counterterrorism unit warned about in a report back in August. The FBI report was released on Aug. 3—just nine days before a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., turned deadly.

Foreign Policy obtained the report, which is marked for official use only. The document warns that “black identity extremists” pose a growing threat to law enforcement. In a particularly cruel and unfounded assertion, the FBI claims that police attacks on black Americans could spur “premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence” against the police.

From 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.

Right. Because the response to Michael Brown’s death was the first instance of black people voicing outrage about police brutality.

While the report doesn’t specifically call out Black Lives Matter, the group certainly is the subtext of the document. As Foreign Policy rightly notes, 168 black Americans have been shot and killed by the police in 2017 alone. Law enforcement has killed 748 people in all this year so far.

That’s 748 lives in less than 10 months, nearly a quarter of them black.

Meanwhile, the report lists six total acts of premeditated violence against officers, including the shooting death of Dallas police officers at a BLM rally in July 2016. The shooter, Micah Johnson, wasn’t affiliated with BLM but was reportedly “influenced by BIE ideology,” based on his journals and statements to police, according to the FBI report.

The move is the latest iteration of a long tradition of the FBI targeting and tracking black activists. The most famous example is COINTELPRO, which was created in 1956 with the explicit intent to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize the activities of black nationalist[s],” according to the FBI’s own documents. Then, as now, the people the feds are actually targeting were mostly activists fighting to advance racial equality.

Or, at the very least, stop the government from ceaselessly, and with impunity, killing black people and people of color.

Earlier this year, The Intercept reported that the FBI began investigating white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement in 2015. That classified document was crafted, notably, under the Obama administration, and warned of white supremacists’ “historical” interest in “infiltrating law enforcement communities or recruiting law enforcement personnel.”

The FBI did release a report earlier this year that warned that the white supremacist movement “likely will continue to pose a threat of lethal violence over the next year.” However, the new guidance on “black identity extremists” draws a dangerous equivocation between a movement that is seeing a visible resurgence and one that seems completely conjured by the FBI.

According to Foreign Policy, this new guidance has raised eyebrows among the intelligence community, with one former official expressing shock at the report’s contents.

“This is a new umbrella designation that has no basis,” the former official told FP. “There are civil rights and privacy issues all over this.” your social media marketing partner


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+1 # John S. Browne 2017-10-07 12:33

More and more people who do nothing but non-violently exercise that which is nothing but their RIGHTS(!), are being labeled so-called "extremists". This is what the U.S., and the increasingly "totaliterroriz ed" and "totalitarianiz ed" Western countries, is and/or are coming to. One supposedly cannot nothing but non-violently, as the vast majority of people who do so do, stand up against the more and more tyrannical abuses of government, particularly the police, without being labeled a "threat", an "extremist" and a "terrorist" [and/or "unprivileged (supposedly having no rights) 'enemy' belligerents"]; and this, again, is for doing nothing but carrying out and fulfilling our constitutional rights and duties.

We're allegedly supposed to do nothing but bow down unquestioningly to the increasing tyranny, just as in Orwell's "1984", etc.; or, if we fulfill out constitutional rights and duties that are now so extremely being "criminalized", we will be labeled as the "offenders"; when, in truth it is the government of expanding tyranny, and its increasing number of tyrants, that, and/or who, are the extremists, the threats and the terrorists. More and more they are perpetrating terrorism against us all, seeking to get everyone to bow down to their tyranny without question, when we, in order to be true constitutional Americans, are supposed to do the exact opposite, stand up against the larger and larger number of tyrants, and their expanding tyranny and repression.

0 # John S. Browne 2017-10-07 13:15

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We cannot go and create another country where there would be a much more equitable system, as the founders of the U.S. did two-hundred-plu s years ago. There is no place left where we could so; and, besides, if there was such a place, and we tried to do so, just as what would happen if We the People rose up en masse and revolted against this increasing tyrannical, terrorizing and totalitarian madness, we would be stopped from doing so, probably with a level of violence and mass-murder as is carried out against defenseless, countries, or almost defenseless countries compared to the colossal might of the U.S. and allied war machine, the world-over. Thus, we're only left with saving the country we already have, taking back its government, and making it the equitable country that it should be.

So, ENOUGH of the "bread and circuses", the distractions, the depending on evil, mass-murdering war criminal, and freedom-liberty -and-rights-des troying, "saviors" like "Odrona" who fool the majority of those who want progressiveness , equality and an equitable reality, and ENOUGH of the apathy, complacency and capitulation, aka surrender to, and acceptance of, the expanding opposite(s) of freedom, liberty and rights, known as enslavement (falsely thinking and believing we're "free" when we're increasingly nothing of the sort, or not truly such).

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0 # John S. Browne 2017-10-07 13:16

We must non-violently rise up en masse and stop this expanding global(ist) extremism, terrorism and totalitarianiza tion of the U.S. and the West, locking us all down under the antithesis of true freedom, liberty and rights. We have no other correct choice unless we want to be slaves, or want to be the opposite of truly free, under the most colossal and monstrous oppressor the world has ever known. So, people, let's do it. Let's get off our "couch-potato" butts and take the U.S. and the world back for nothing but TRUE liberty and freedom!

+1 # harleysch 2017-10-07 14:06
Look it up -- the FBI conducted a racist policy targeting black elected officials called Operation Fruhmenschen. The term is a German word which means "early" or "primitive" men. The targeting of black elected officials was exposed by former Congressman Mervyn Dymally in the late 1980s, but the practice continued. As this report indicates, the same underlying principle is alive in the bureau today.

But wait, is this the same FBI whose former director, Comey, lied before the Congress that there was no surveillance of Trump or his campaign? The same FBI that in the 1950s-60s and '70s targeted progressives as agents of Soviet Communism, and today is trying to prove that Trump is a Russian agent?

Be careful in your attacks on Trump as a colluder with Putin. The source of your belief could very well be the same FBI that real progressives once thought to be a dangerous arm of a fascist police state.
-1 # Salburger 2017-10-08 05:14
This is still well short of Cointelpro--it is more like a document laying the groundwork for setting up a new Cointelpro operation.

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