Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Why We Can’t Trust The FBI
White supremacy, domestic terrorism, and violent extremism are all on the rise, according to the FBI, the news media, and top government officials. They point to the January 6 Capitol riot, the Patriot Front white supremacists who recently marched in Washington D.C., and yesterday’s crash into a security barrier near the White House of a U-Haul truck carrying a Nazi flag.
But there is no evidence that white supremacy, domestic terrorism, and violent extremism are actually on the rise. By filing multiple January 6 cases rather than a single one, FBI inflated the statistics, as we documented yesterday. Little is known about the almost entirely masked participants of the Patriot Front, which did not respond to our request for an interview. And the crash of a 19-year-old man with a Nazi flag into a security barrier is as likely to have resulted from mental illness as political radicalization, as is often the case.
Nobody doubts that there remains domestic violent extremism in America. “In the last decade, there have been 77 racially motivated homicides associated with white supremacy,” noted FBI whistleblower Garret O’Boyle, pointing to a recent FBI report.
Perhaps the Patriot Front is a genuine, rapidly-growing white supremacist organization. And perhaps the investigation of the U-haul crash of the 19-year-old man will reveal a broader neo-Nazi plot.
But it’s also clear that the FBI, the news media, and politicians are grossly exaggerating the threat of white supremacy, domestic terrorism, and violent extremism. Seventy-seven racially motivated homicides or violent crimes, noted O’Boyle, are just “seven a year. That’s not some sort of huge epidemic of white supremacy that’s going on.”
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