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FBI: White Supremacists, Domestic Extremists Infiltrated Law Enforcement

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has found that “white supremacists and other domestic extremists” have been getting jobs with law enforcement agencies across the country.

“Domestic terrorism investigations focused on militia extremists, white supremacist extremists, and sovereign citizen extremists often have identified active links to law enforcement officers,” reads a classified FBI counterterrorism policy guide obtained by The Intercept.

Although law enforcement was aware of the threat posed by right-wing extremist, the agencies have failed to properly combat the infiltration of domestic extremists or even address the systemic issue.

“No centralized recruitment process or set of national standards exists for the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, many of which have deep historical connections to racist ideologies. As a result, state and local police as well as sheriff’s departments present ample opportunities for white supremacists and other right-wing extremists looking to expand their power base,” The Intercept wrote.

FBI Warned Garland Police about Shooter Just 3 Hours Before Violence Unfolded

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned Garland police that one of the two gunmen who would open fire outside a cartoon contest to draw Prophet Muhammad in Texas may be targeting the event just hours before the shooting, The New York Times reports. 

“We developed information just hours before the event that Simpson might be interested in going to Garland,” FBI Director James Comey told reporters.

Comey was referring to Elton Simpson, 30, who opened fire with Nadir Soofi, 34.

The FBI had investigated Simpson in the past and reopened the investigation in March flowing tweets about ISIS.

Even before the warning about Simpson, the FBI notified local officials that the cartoon even may be targeted by terrorists.

FBI Warns Of Violence in Wake of Decision About Ferguson Police Officer

Michael Brown

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is worried about “likely” threats and attacks targeting law enforcement after a grand jury determines whether a Ferguson police officer will be charged with killing an unarmed Michael Brown, ABC News reports.

The FBI also warned law enforcement of possible attacks on electrical facilities and water treatment plants.

“The announcement of the grand jury’s decision … will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure,” the FBI said in an intelligence bulletin. “This also poses a threat to those civilians engaged in lawful or otherwise constitutionally protected activities.”

The FBI’s concerns were not over peaceful protesters.

“The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

 

 

Justice Department Launches Plan to Identify Radicals with U.S. Passports As ISIS Threat Grows

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department opened a new front on the war against radicals.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced plans to identify radicals with U.S. passports.

The idea is to identify Americans before they travel abroad.

“We have established processes for detecting American extremists who attempt to join terror groups abroad,” Holder said.

Holder has said that dozens of Americans are joining terrorists in Syria.

“In the face of a threat so grave, we cannot afford to be passive,” he said in Oslo two months ago.

FBI Paying Closer Attention to “Sovereign Citizen” Extremists

Southern Poverty Law Center photo

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The FBI has been paying closer attention to ‘sovereign citizen’ extremists around the country out of concerns that they will react violently when they interact with government officials.

Sovereign citizens are people who reject their U.S. citizenship and don’t recognize government authority, like laws and taxes. In 2009, the FBI started paying closer attention to the movement, which previously had been grouped with the militia movements in the bureau’s domestic counterterrorism operations. Many people who claim to be followers of this movement are involved in white collar crimes like tax evasion schemes and making fraudulent documents, the FBI said.

“We started to notice a heightened potential for violence,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

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Republicans Criticize Homeland Report Characterizing Military Vets as Right-Wing Extremists

veteran-affairsHomeland security created a hot potato when it issued this report. But Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a written statement on Wednesday defending the report saying “we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology  that motivates violence.”  Some conservatives aren’t buying that.

 By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Republicans on Wednesday said a Homeland Security Department intelligence assessment unfairly characterizes military veterans as right-wing extremists.House Republican leader John Boehner described the report as offensive and called on the agency to apologize to veterans.

The agency’s intelligence assessment, sent to law enforcement officials last week, warns that right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country’s first black president to recruit members.

The assessment also said that returning military veterans who have difficulties assimilating back into their home communities could be susceptible to extremist recruiters or might engage in lone acts of violence.

“To characterize men and women returning home after defending our country as potential terrorists is offensive and unacceptable,” said Boehner, R-Ohio.

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