According to a new report out of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, the Bureau has been quietly and systematically documenting a new domestic threat to homeland security – a threat they identify as “black identity extremists.”
This threat emerged in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson and spawned a series of plots and active violent incidents against law enforcement officials and other symbols of civic government. According to the report, which was first revealed by Foreign Policy magazine, “it is very likely BIEs proactively target police and openly identify and justify their actions with social-political agendas commensurate with their perceived injustices against African Americans.”
While black identity extremism had been on the FBI’s radar prior to the Ferguson controversy, the Bureau only gave it a name and stepped up its agency-wide warnings in the aftermath of the riots and marches that followed Brown’s shooting.
“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,” the report noted. “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.”
In the three years since Ferguson, unprovoked attacks on police officers have been on the rise. The most notable was a disastrous scene in Dallas last year, where gunman Micah Johnson took cover in a parking garage and fired shots at 11 police officers, five of whom ultimately died from their injuries. According to the FBI, Johnson was aggrieved about police brutality and had referred to his anger against law enforcement and white supremacy when justifying the attacks.
Naturally, Black Lives Matter leaders think the report is nothing but racism.
“We knew that we were likely being watched,” DeRay Mckesson of BLM told the UK’s Guardian newspaper. “This is confirmation that the work of social justice continues to threaten those in power.
Sigh. No, that’s not it. No one cares about your signs and your chants and your little online social justice wars. You are a target of the FBI because your group is a haven and a beacon for violent domestic terrorists who actually believe that American police officers are out there killing unarmed black men in droves. And as long as that narrative is allowed to stand unchallenged on the left, “black identity extremists” will proliferate. And, as such, police officers will have yet another reason to go into confrontations with black suspects with their trigger finger at the ready. Is that really what Black Lives Matter meant to accomplish?