Reminders Of How Far We Have Yet To Go: #2
The FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit has just created a new classification for government surveillance—Black Identity Extremists (BIE).
One former homeland security official said, “Imagine lumping together white national, white supremacists, militias, neo-Nazis, and calling it white identity extremists,” the official said. “The race card is being played here deliberately.”
Malcolm Nance, a counterterrorism expert who served in the U.S. Navy and who is African American, wrote on Twitter, “I train law enforcement intelligence in counterterrorism all over nation & “Black Identity Extremism” doesn’t exist. It’s a made-up term.”
Here’s the FBI’s rationale from a report dated August 3, 2017: “Perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement.” Hmmmmm . . .
In 2017, 748 people were shot and killed by police, according to a database maintained by the Washington Post. A disproportionate number of those fatalities were African American. That the FBI calls these deaths at the hands of law enforcement, “PERCEPTIONS of police brutality” is mind-boggling, but not surprising. After all, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a KKK sympathizer, heads the FBI.
So, if you are African American and have ever participated in a protest march, worn a #notmypresident shirt, attended a rap concert, or are enrolled in a Black college, don’t be surprised if you end up on the government’s BIE list.