The Threat Within

Who the Justice Department decides to prosecute as a domestic terrorist has little to do with the harm they’ve inflicted or the threat they pose to human life.

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Informant Reveals FBI’s Already Vast Powers to Investigate Right-Wing Extremists

Trevor Aaronson
“I was just a human recording machine paid by the government to go into people’s lives and befriend them and find out what they were thinking.”

FBI’s Leniency Toward Border Vigilante Contrasts With Harsh Treatment of “Black Identity Extremist”

Trevor Aaronson
While militia leader Larry Hopkins remained free to terrorize immigrants, Christopher Daniels was jailed for months, losing his home and his job.

Donald Trump Helped Turn a Christian Extremist Into an Alleged Domestic Terrorist

Trevor Aaronson
Michael Hari’s story shows how our increasingly divisive, conspiracy-laden culture is pushing troubled people toward extremism and violence.

Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists

Trevor Aaronson
Since 9/11 federal prosecutors have applied anti-terrorism laws against 34 right-wing extremists compared to more than 500 international terrorism defendants.

The Domestic Terrorism Law the Justice Department Forgot

Trevor Aaronson
The U.S. has a powerful anti-terrorism law — but it’s only been used once against a far-right extremist since 9/11.

How a Movement That Never Killed Anyone Became the FBI’s No. 1 Domestic Terrorism Threat

Alleen Brown
Behind the scenes, corporate lobbying laid the groundwork for the Justice Department’s aggressive pursuit of so-called eco-terrorists.

The Strange Tale of the FBI’s Fictional “Black Identity Extremism” Movement

Alice Speri
The only connection between the men referenced in the FBI’s “black identity extremism” report, besides their race, is a thread of anger at police violence.

How Individual States Have Criminalized Terrorism

Margot Williams, and Trevor Aaronson
Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia have their own anti-terrorism laws.

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