FBI Violent Extremist Groups Website Short and One-Sided on Domestic Examples

It’s fair to ask who’s pulling the strings here, and if President Trump will cut them.

“Don’t Be a Puppet: Pull Back the Curtain on Violent Extremism,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation advises visitors to its website designed to counter radicalization and recruitment of young people by enemies foreign and domestic.

“It’s the FBI’s primary responsibility—working with its many partners—to protect the nation from attacks by violent extremists,” the website overview explains. “One important way to do that is to keep young people—the future of our country—from embracing violent extremist ideologies in the first place. This website is designed to help do just that. Built by the FBI in consultation with community leaders and other partners, it uses a series of interactive materials to educate teens on the destructive nature of violent extremism and to encourage them to think critically about its messages and goals.”

The home page links to six different categories. One is germane to the purpose of this report, “What are Known Violent Extremist Groups?” subdivided into two categories: International and Domestic.

That last one is what I want to focus on. That’s because it’s of special interest to Constitution advocates who have seen their efforts and character tarred in past “fusion center” efforts relying on smears from Southern Poverty Law Center and other totalitarianism-promoting groups. We’ve further seen, for years, SPLC characterizing Oath Keepers as a “hate” group.

So the FBI further breaks down domestic extremist “threats” as: Sovereign citizen extremists; Abortion extremists; Animal rights and environmental extremists; Militia extremists; Anarchist extremists; and White supremacy extremists.

Curious. Absent from the radar are communists and domestic Islamist groups.  And evidently,  George Soros-affiliated “Women’s March” partners, along with #DisruptJ20 radicals and black separatist and reconquista agitators are also of no concern.

So let’s cut to the chase and see who really bears special scrutiny, in the eyes of the FBI, “militia extremists”:

What They Believe: A militia is a group of citizens who come together to protect the country, usually during an emergency. Some militia extremists, however, seek to violently attack or overthrow the U.S. government. Often calling themselves “patriots,” they believe the government has become corrupt, has overstepped its constitutional limits, or has not been able to protect the country against global dangers.

As far as the first and third sentences, what is there to disagree with, or that’s “extreme”?  So the FBI need to elaborate on the second sentence about “violent attacks”:

Who or What They Target: Violent militia extremists mainly target those they believe could violate their constitutional rights, such as police officers and judges. In one 2010 case, a Michigan militia group planned to kill a police officer and later attack the parade of cars in the funeral, hoping to start a large battle. The FBI and its partners stopped them from carrying out their plan.

What they’re referring to is the Hutaree case. That’s the one where the federal judge dismissed all the terror charges against seven defendants, and accepted guilty pleas with sentences for time served for three defendants charged with machine gun possession. That means the FBI is wrong to represent the allegations as fact.

That’s it? That’s what’s being singled out to illustrate the “militia extremist” threat?

Let’s hope the Trump administration soon gets a handle on this kind of taxpayer-funded nonsense. Let’s hope it cuts the strings of bureaucratic puppets still engaged in a propaganda agenda to portray patriots as threats.

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David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.


  1. mnystedt 26 January, 2017, 18:27

    A person has to be honest, have a moral attitude, and believe in the constitution before they will feel compelled to uphold it at any cost. Name 10 elected government officials that are in positions of authority who meet those guidelines.

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  2. DowntoEarthThinking.com 27 January, 2017, 01:59

    And how many attacks in this country were known ahead of time by FBI and many other spook orgs in our government ? We know of 9/11, Boston, San Berdoo, Orlando , FT Hood and Ft Lauderdale. So who is bullshitting who in this zoo ?

    Just be glad DT is purging these agencies of the culls ! Way past time.

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  3. sealaw 27 January, 2017, 06:42

    It seems to me that OK Leadership should press for an audience with our new President, perhaps through our contacts in the military? It has been said that we have many on the inside who are sympathetic to our cause but have been fearful to “come out” under previous administrations. If BLM (Black Lives Matter) was granted time with B.O. – as true constitutional patriots there is absolutely no reason for Trump to deny us. He seems to share much of our “agenda” (originalist judges, smaller government, strong military, rule of law). It is time for Oath Keepers to come out of the shadows!

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    • Igniting 27 January, 2017, 11:53

      Patience is needed right now. The time for OK or any strong patriot group to approach DJT is not advisable at this time. He has campaign promises that he should and is taking action on and this early in his POTUS position he is in extreme scrutiny by the globalist controlled press. There will be time for OK later but don’t think that should be pushed now.

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  4. Ed 27 January, 2017, 08:49

    It is concerning that President Trump is keeping Comey at FBI. Notwithstanding, I would expect a turn in the agency’s focus under this new administration. I am sure the rank-and-file are pressing to start doing things as the agency should.

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  5. Michael 27 January, 2017, 11:02

    It would be great if Stewart could get a meeting with the president to point this out. I feel that this president may be more available to the public than others in the past and also that he is having to learn even more about the corruption that has seeded into our government on the fly. I am liking most of what I have seen so far. This is of course a very important concern. Ideally the militia would be celebrated and prevalent. In fact, I would support every household having arms and each person in it knowing how to defend themselves. Thanks for all you guys do.

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  6. Bill 27 January, 2017, 14:33

    I wonder if Trump knows about all the terrorist training camps spread out across the United States that Obama and the FBI and the rest knew about?

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    • Vinny 27 January, 2017, 19:23

      How could they not know about them ? It is public knowledge known by all. There is one about 50 miles from the town I live in and the local police and Sheriff’s Departments are aware as well and say that as long as there is no trouble, they are left alone. I disagree and think that the camp should be cleaned out and and the occupants investigated and “handled” appropriately. This is not acceptable on American soil.

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