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                                 Junious Ricardo Stanton

                               The FBI's Mythical Black Threats

 

            "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. The FBI assess it is very likely this increase began following the 9 August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent Grand Jury November 2014 declination to indict the police officers involved. 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 FBI assesses it is very likely some BIEs are influenced by a mix of anti-authoritarian, Moorish sovereign citizen ideology, and BIE ideology. The FBI has high confidence in these assessments, based on a history of violent incidents attributed to individuals who acted on behalf of their ideological beliefs, documented in FBI investigations and other law enforcement and open source reporting." https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000

 

            A report obtained and released by Foreign Policy dot com http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/06/the-fbi-has-identified-a-new-do... reveals the FBI believes groups it calls Black Identity Extremists pose a dangerous threat to the tranquility, safety and stability of this nation. When I first heard it I thought to myself, who and what are Black Identity Extremists? Who are they and why does the FBI feel they are such a threat to this nation? My next thought was are the FBI, state and local "law enforcement" agencies planning to initiate a counterinsurgency assault against Black people like they've done so many times in the past, most notably during the 1960's and 70's with their infamous COINTELPRO campaign?

            Ironically the FBI report dated August of 2017 near the time Alt Right and White Nationalist groups converged on Charlottesville Virginia to support maintaining statues of Confederate war generals. The White Nationalists engaged in scuffles with counter demonstrators demanding the statues be taken down, resulting in one fatality and several injuries.  The riot and fights made the news but when President Trump subsequently failed to come out strongly in opposition to the White Nationalists' ideology and tactics this created even more controversy and reaction against Trump; thus keeping the story alive.

            The FBI report was marked law enforcement sensitive designed for law enforcement and counterterrorism officials on a need to know basis. Many on the Left pooh-pooh the report when it was exposed calling it racist, reactionary and non factual. The report didn't gain traction in the corporate media and for the most part Blacks viewed it as business as usual for the FBI an agency with a sordid reputation when it comes to dealing with African-Americans, political dissent and anti-establishment politics.

            I read parts of the document and I was taken aback by its lack of concrete evidence and its' conclusions. Parts of it were extremely vague and general. Early on it spoke of retaliations by Blacks because of "perceived" instances of police brutality, as if Black folks are crazy for thinking the police are off the chain when it comes to dealing with Black people. The exact wording is as follows: "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. The FBI assess it is very likely this increase began following the 9 August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent Grand Jury November 2014 declination to indict the police officers involved. 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 FBI assesses it is very likely some BIEs are influenced by a mix of anti-authoritarian, Moorish sovereign citizen ideology, and BIE ideology. The FBI has high confidence in these assessments, based on a history of violent incidents attributed to individuals who acted on behalf of their ideological" https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000

            But when you read on specifically under the section Suspects’ Grievances Very Likely Lead to Violent Targeting of Law Enforcement the report provides no concrete link between the attacks against police officers around the country and any organized collusion on the part of Black individuals or groups, not one! The document even defines the Moorish Sovereign movement as a "loose network". It says " Moorish sovereign citizens are a loose network of mostly African Americans who believe they are sovereign entities who do not recognize the authority of the US Government. Moorish sovereign citizen ideology derives from the Moorish Science Temple of America, a non-violent religious and cultural movement founded in 1913 by Nobel Drew Ali, who taught his followers they were not 'negroes' but Moors, people of North African Berber and Arab descent. Some Moorish adherents adopt sovereign citizen strategies to assert diplomatic immunity by claiming membership in fictitious Native American tribes, claiming descent from settlers who arrived in North America during the pre-Columbian era, or identifying as foreign nationals or ambassadors."  (U//FOUO) https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000

            Much of the report attempts to connect recent events like the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri and its aftermath with past radical, nationalist or nonconformist movements but without tying any of the groups together as operationally capable of organized mass violence or posing a real threat (outside of the FBI's warped mind) to the country. The FBI document repeatedly talks about violence against police when the realty is despite police abuses and indignities faced by blacks on a daily basis from police, structured physical retaliation and armed violence against police has been extremely limited, almost non-existent.

             Despite this fact, the report engages in unsubstantiated fear mongering claiming Black Identity Extremists (BIE) pose a genuine threat. " 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. This may also lead to an increase in BIE group memberships, collaboration among BIE groups, or the appearance of additional violent lone offenders motivated by BIE rhetoric. 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 FBI assesses it is likely police officers of minority groups are also targeted by BIEs because they are also representative of a perceived oppressive law enforcement system. (U//FOUO) Possible indicators for BIEs posing a violent threat to law enforcement include advocating for violence against law enforcement, violent anti-white rhetoric, attempts to acquire illegal weapons or explosives, and affiliations with others in both the BSE and sovereign citizen extremist movements." ibid.

            Read the report for yourself at https://www.politico.com/f/?id=0000015f-11c2-d01e-a35f-f7c641380000 and come to your own conclusions. Keep in mind the US government lies and uses lies to invade sovereign nations that pose no threat to the US and the FBI has a long history of stifling dissent, freedom of speech and righteous social movements such as the Civil Rights movement, organized labor, Native American, LaRaza and the Black Power movements. Is this bogus report a precursor to a new, ramped up COINTELPRO campaign?

 

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