According to a “product” dated May 30, 2019, put together by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and leaked to Yahoo News, the FBI has made a dramatic change in domestic terrorism policy. “Fringe conspiracy theories” are now considered “a domestic terrorist threat.” Let the surveillance begin.
“They like the radicalization theory because it justifies mass surveillance,” former FBI agent Michael German warns. “We keep broadening the number of communities we include in extremist categories.”
“This is the first FBI product examining the threat from conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists and provides a baseline for future intelligence products,” the document notes. The reasoning behind the decision is that no matter what the conspiracy theory is, and whether it is true or not, “somebody” will act violently because of it.
“The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts.”
A careful study of the entire memo suggests that what they’re most afraid of are the “conspiracy theories” that are accurate.
According to the FBI memo, “another factor driving the intensity of conspiracy theorizing in the United States, and the subsequent threat from conspiracy-minded extremists, is the uncovering of real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures.”
One of the things prompting the change in tactics seems to be the rise of “white nationalism,” associated with President Donald Trump. According to the FBI report, “conspiracy theory-driven extremists are likely to increase during the 2020 presidential election cycle.”
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The new directive went into effect right after FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 7, but he didn’t mention it when asked about “racially motivated violence.” He said the exact opposite.
At the time, he testified under oath, “The FBI doesn’t investigate ideology, no matter how repugnant. “We investigate violence. And any extremist ideology, when it turns to violence, we are all over it.”