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Why the FBI dropped the term ‘black identity extremism’: security expert


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After the Brooklyn subway shooting, Kyle Shideler of the Center for Security Policy provided insight into the state of “politicization” within law enforcement on “Jesse Watters Primetime.”

KYLE SHIDELER: Let’s go back in time to understand how it happened. In 2017, the FBI wrote an intelligence assessment on what they call “black identity extremism” and that assessment was pretty good. It was looking at what drove individuals to target law enforcement, especially after Ferguson and during the rise of Black Lives Matter, and they did a really good job of looking at that ideology and studying it. This is a moderate work product, but very seriously well done. And it works well, and the FBI uses it, until 2019, when a congressional briefing exposes the fact that the FBI uses this term. This then causes a number of leftist organizations like the ACLU and the Brennan Center for Justice to get upset. There’s a bunch of media stories, all of a sudden there’s congressional hearings and the FBI quickly backs off and says, “Oh, we’re sorry. We will no longer use this term. We will use another term. I will use the term “racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism”, which, as you can see, tells you nothing about what you are trying to study. And the problem is that in any bureaucracy, if you can’t name a thing, you can’t deal with it. You cannot investigate it. You cannot parse it. You can’t understand what you see when you see a suspect like frank james social media and so because of the politicization of our law enforcement our cops and our FBI don’t have the ability to understand what they watch when it comes to dangerous threats like Frank James.

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