(TELESUR) – Leaked documents from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation show that so-called “black identity extremists,” animal rights, environmental and anti-authority activists are ranked at the top of the agency’s counterterrorism priorities under President Donald Trump.
The leaked 2018-19 “Threat Guidance” FBI documents obtained exclusively by The Young Turks, many of which are marked “Law Enforcement Sensitive” and “For Official Use Only,” label these activists a bigger threat than terror groups such as Al Qaeda or white supremacists, despite not citing any single specific attack.
“These documents show the FBI wasted resources to target Black people because of protected First Amendment activities,” Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberty Union’s (ACLU) racial justice program, Nusrat Choudhury, said.
Every year the FBI updates its Consolidated Strategy Guide, which lists the agency’s priorities in numerous domains such as counterterrorism, counterintelligence and cybercrime.
In 2017’s guide, the term “Black Identity Extremists” was introduced as a designation to single out Black people who are protesting police brutality and campaigning for racial justice.
Two years later, the FBI had replaced the label with the designation “Racially Motivated Extremism,” according to the Bureau’s FY2018-20 counterterrorism strategy guides obtained by The Young Turks.