A document obtained by the Heritage Foundation showed a glossary of words that the FBI has deemed as possible ‘violent extremism.’
The FBI’s Glossary
The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project said it used a Freedom of Information Act request to expose FBI documents that include glossaries showing that common internet slang has been flagged as an indication of “Involuntary Celibate Violent Extremism” or “Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism.”
Many of the terms listed are focused on self-improvement or the struggle to reckon with the marketplace of modern dating.
“Docs we obtained show how @FBI equates protected online speech to violence,” the Oversight Project says in a tweet. “According to @FBI using the terms ‘based’ or ‘red pilled’ are signs of ‘Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism.’”
Many of the terms mentioned in the FBI’s list of incel terminology are either widely used across the internet or innocuous in nature.
The one term in the glossary is “Red Pill,” which comes from the 1999 film “The Matrix” and has been used a metaphor for seeing hidden or politically incorrect truths about the modern world, particularly when it comes to politics or dating.
The documents were first published today by the Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation’s online outlet.
Words the FBI Refers To
Part of the document refers specifically to “incels,” or those “involuntary celibate,” whom the “threat overview” describes as possibly seeking to “commit violence in support of their beliefs that society unjustly denies them sexual or romantic attention, to which they believe they are entitled.”
The FBI also listed terms like “red pill; black pill,” “rope,” and “chad,” as part of linguistics used by involuntary celibate violent extremism, or “incels.” The document further argues that incels are those possibly wanting to “commit violence in support of their beliefs that society unjustly denies them sexual or romantic attention, to which they believe they are entitled.”
A series of different “influential literature” and “historical influential figures” were also listed as part of the FOIA release. Top of the list was “Mein Kampf,” by genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler, as well as “Siege” by James Mason, amongst others.
The words that are flagged is common in internet parlance, but it is interesting to know the FBI is using popular phrases to potentially track incels moving from online circles to real-world violence.
The “threat overview” says there have been “five lethal attacks” by those identified by the FBI as belonging to this group since 2014.
While they note that the “indicators” of this ideology “may comprise constitutionally protected conduct,” they list a selection of indicators that “may constitute a basis for reporting or law enforcement action when observed in combination with suspicious criminal or potentially violent activity.”
These include a glorification of violence previously committed by others identified by the FBI as belonging to this group, along with social media posts “describing a rationale for committing violence, targets of violence, desired social outcomes of violence, and social factors perceived to be exacerbating one’s incel status.”
The FBI glossary says the term is used to “deride individuals accused of not being as extreme, or in possession of skills or other valued characteristics they claim to have.”
The FBI did not reveal any information about how or where the FBI tracks these movements.
You can view the entire FBI document here.
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