Are you on the FBI's terrorist list?
mobbsey at gn.apc.org
Wed Oct 10 00:08:44 BST 2001
Are you on the FBI's list of petential terrorist groupd? Or do you just think
the guy is talking things up to get more money out of congress?
I really do like the term 'speclal interest extremeist'.
Actually, I really do think, from the point of view of the UK, this is a good
indication of where things are going when the Home Office draws up its list
of suspected UK terrorist groups, sometime soon, as part of the Terrorism Act
Statement for the Record Louis J. Freeh, Director Federal Bureau of
Investigation on the Threat of Terrorism to the United States
before the United States Senate Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services,
and Select Committee on Intelligence
To help establish a framework for today's discussion, I would like to start
by providing an assessment of the current international and domestic
terrorist threat, a brief discussion of recent trends in terrorism, and a
description of the FBI's Counterterrorism strategy being implemented under
the leadership of Assistant Director Dale Watson, who heads our
Counterterrorism Division. Finally, I would like to describe the
Counterterrorism Initiative proposed in our 2002 budget request to Congress.
"The Domestic Terrorism Threat"
Domestic terrorist groups represent interests that span the full spectrum of
political and economic viewpoints, as well as social issues and concerns. It
is important to understand, however, that FBI investigations of domestic
terrorist groups or individuals are not predicated upon social or political
beliefs; rather, FBI investigations are based upon information regarding
planned or actual criminal activity. The FBI views domestic terrorism as the
unlawful use, or threatened use, of violence by a group or individual that is
based and operating entirely within the United States or its territories
without foreign direction and which is committed against persons or property
with the intent of intimidating or coercing a government or its population in
furtherance of political or social objectives. The current domestic terrorist
threat primarily comes from right-wing extremist groups, left-wing and Puerto
Rican extremist groups, and special interest extremists.
Anarchists and extremist socialist groups -- many of which, such as the
Workers' World Party, Reclaim the Streets, and Carnival Against Capitalism --
have an international presence and, at times, also represent a potential
threat in the United States. For example, anarchists, operating individually
and in groups, caused much of the damage during the 1999 World Trade
Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle.
Special interest extremists. Special interest terrorism differs from
traditional right-wing and left-wing terrorism in that extremist special
interest groups seek to resolve specific issues, rather than effect more
widespread political change. Special interest extremists continue to conduct
acts of politically motivated violence to force segments of society,
including, the general public, to change attitudes about issues considered
important to their causes. These groups occupy the extreme fringes of animal
rights, pro-life, environmental, anti-nuclear, and other political and social
movements. Some special interest extremists -- most notably within the animal
rights and environmental movements -- have turned increasingly toward
vandalism and terrorist activity in attempts to further their causes.
In recent years, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) -- an extremist animal
rights movement -- has become one of the most active extremist elements in
the United States. Despite the destructive aspects of ALF's operations, its
operational philosophy discourages acts that harm "any animal, human and
nonhuman." Animal rights groups in the United States, including ALF, have
generally adhered to this mandate. A distinct but related group, the Earth
Liberation Front (ELF), claimed responsibility for the arson fires set at a
Vail, Colorado, ski resort in October 1998 that destroyed eight separate
structures and caused $12 million dollars in damages. In a communique issued
after the fires, ELF claimed that the fires were in retaliation for the
resort's planned expansion that would destroy the last remaining habitat in
Colorado for the lynx. Eight of the terrorist incidents occurring in the
United States during 1999 have been attributed to either ALF or ELF. Several
additional acts committed during 2000 and 2001 are currently being reviewed
for possible designation as terrorist incidents.
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