On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) asked people to report their family members and friends who are showing “extremist” behavior in an effort to “help prevent homegrown violent extremism.”
Incidentally… They also published an Active Shooter Incidents showing that in 2020 there were 40 active shooters compared to 30 in 2019. All the other numbers were down on this report according to the FBI’s reference.
“Family members and peers are often best positioned to witness signs of mobilization to violence. Help prevent homegrown violent extremism,” the FBI said in a tweet. “Visit https://go.usa.gov/x6mjf to learn how to spot suspicious behaviors and report them to the #FBI. #NatSec.”
“Homegrown Violent Extremist Mobilization Indicators.”
The document outlines a list of 46 “observable behaviors that could help determine whether individuals or groups are preparing to engage in violent extremist activities.”
This link provided by the FBI in 2019 brings users to a document
The top three indicators on the list are:
- Preparing and disseminating a martyrdom video/statement, last will,
- seeking religious or political justification for a planned violent act,
- Attempting to mobilize others to violence, especially family members and peers.
Other indicators include:
Encouraging or advocating violence toward individuals, military or government officials, law enforcement, or civilian targets
Unusual purchase of military-style tactical equipment other than weapons (e.g., personal protective equipment, body armor),
Dehumanizing people who are not in the identity group,
Researching or discussing ways to evade law enforcement
Lying to law enforcement officers/obstructing investigations.