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FBI Urges Monitoring Of ‘Family Members And Peers’ For Extremism

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned Americans over the weekend to keep an eye on friends and family members for “signs of mobilization to violence” as part of the Biden administration’s continued focus on domestic extremism.

“Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence,” the FBI tweeted Sunday. “Help prevent homegrown violent extremism … learn how to spot suspicious behaviors and report them to the FBI”

The tweet included a link to the 2019 edition of the “Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators” report published by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center. The report defines Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs) as “a person of any citizenship who lives or operates primarily in the United States or its territories, and who advocates, engages in, or is preparing to engage in or support terrorist activities in furtherance of a foreign terrorist organization’s objectives, but who is acting independently of foreign terrorist direction.”

The report adds that it focuses on “individuals or groups that are inspired or enabled by foreign terrorist organizations, including but not limited to ISIS, al-Qa‘ida, [sic] and their affiliates and allies.”

However, Twitter users blasted the FBI’s message, accusing the bureau of encouraging Americans to turn on each other.

“FBI: Report your family members to us, comrade,” tweeted the account of Young Americans for Liberty.

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