The FBI Believes Militia Extremists Are Targeting Muslim Institutions

The FBI Lumps Militia Members in Together with Conspiracy Theorists in Latest Unclassified Government Document

Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

The FBI Counter Terrorism Division issued an intelligence bulletin titled “Militia Extremists Expand Target Sets To Include Muslims.” The announcement suggests “militia extremists” have now added Muslim institutions and associated religious buildings as main objectives, based on a “large body of source reporting.”

“A reliable source with good access to the information reported that a leader of a militia extremist group in the western United States expressed in early 2015, interest in training members for direct action against ISIS and associated ISIS locations.”

The federal document published that, “Militia extremists are expanding their target sets to include Muslims and Islamic religious institutions in the United States. This has resulted in increased violent rhetoric and plotting and has the potential to lead, over the long term, to additional harassment of or violence against Muslims by domestic extremists. The FBI makes these assessments with high confidence a on the basis of a large body of source reporting generated mainly since 2013. This information augments prior FBI analysis that established militia extremists target government personnel and law enforcement officers, perceived threats from abroad, and individuals or institutions that seek to constrain Second Amendment rights.”

The investigation recounts locations of infiltration and observation. The source reporting involved “conducting surveillance in diverse locations including Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Montana, New York, North and South Carolina, Utah, and Texas.”
The document details that “Militia extremists will likely continue to identify and discuss potential Muslim targets, should the level of concern generally about Islamic terrorism remain at current levels. The FBI further assesses primary target choices will continue to include locations easiest to access, such as local mosques or religious institutions, followed by locations portrayed by Internet sources as having threat potential, including MOA enclaves. Militia supporters also will likely continue to conduct surveillance of targets as they are identified. FBI confidence in these assessments is medium on the basis of current intelligence.”
According to Public Intelligence who released the document, the FBI lumps militia members in with conspiracy theorists who believe the government is allowing muslims to come into the country and operate government sanctioned terrorist camps on US soil. Ultimately blaming the christian, right wing and alternative news sites for spewing anti-Muslim propaganda.

The FBI concludes that increased targeting of Muslims is being fueled by two fundamental misconceptions that are described as “salient perceptions within militia extremism that contribute toward an anti-Muslim bias”:

(U//FOUO) Islam represents a foreign threat, equivalent to those which emanate from illegal immigration or international terrorism.

(U//FOUO) The President of the United States not only sympathizes with Islamic extremists but directs US Government policy to align with their goals.

These misconceptions are often held by “adherents of a militia ideology who seek validation of anti-government conspiracy theories” including that the U.S. government allows “allows the group Muslims of the Americas (aka Jamaat ul Fuqra, hereinafter referred to as MOA) to operate terrorist training camps at dozens of locations across the United States.”  Citing videos and articles from the Christian Action Network, Pamela Geller and World Net Daily, the bulletin says that similar claims “periodically surge” following acts of Islamic-inspired terrorism.  The bulletin also cites a restricted 2006 report published by Public Intelligence from the Regional Organized Crime Information Center that “identified the location of seven MOA ‘training compounds’” within the U.S.

The FBI ultimately states that the “incorporation of anti-Islamic attitudes” serves to “dilute core militia ideological beliefs” and that signs of this “fragmenting ideology” could include “a noticeable reduction in rhetoric pertaining to the traditional core concern over Second Amendment rights” as well as the “addition of new types of targets, and actions or decisions made based upon current events rather than ideology.”

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With over 400 militia organizations in America today, do a few bad apples suggest the whole basket is rotten?

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  • Antodav

    Yeah because terrorism against innocent civilians is the best way to respond to terrorism against innocent civilians. #rightwinglogic #lolwhosaidtoturntheothercheek

  • lj

    Those people making terroristic threats need to be investigated by the FBI. The pansies I mean panthers need to be investigated for terroristic threats along with Farrakan. How is it that white people make comments on blogs and F/B and they get investigated, but not a peep about these threats from the black protesters? That is so wrong on so many levels and NOT A PEEP from ANYBODY? This double standard has got to stop.