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CRS Domestic Terrorist Threat Congress Report

CRS Domestic Terrorist Threat Congress Report

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Published by Dan Feidt
Congressional Research Service points out domestic terrorism vs political activism nexus spinning out of control via http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/how-grand-juries-are-manipulated-fbi-intimidate-political-dissidents-and-radicals
Congressional Research Service points out domestic terrorism vs political activism nexus spinning out of control via http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/how-grand-juries-are-manipulated-fbi-intimidate-political-dissidents-and-radicals

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While some domestic terrorism suspects engage in violent plotting, others commit much different
crimes that do not physically harm people. This latter group differs from their homegrown violent
jihadist counterparts, who are often bent on killing or harming people. Two types of activities that
avoid visiting violence upon people but are commonly associated with subjects of domestic
terrorism investigations stand out. First, many animal rights extremists, eco-terrorists, and
anarchist extremists believe in “direct action.” This typically involves what movement members
would characterize as non-violent but criminal protest or resistance activities furthering the

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Potok, “The Year,” p. 41.

The Domestic Terrorist Threat: Background and Issues for Congress

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movement’s ideology. While direct action has a long legacy among anarchists, in recent years the
ALF and the ELF have played a large role in articulating its meaning. Second, “paper terrorism”
is a term used to describe some of the non-violent criminal activity committed by sovereign
citizens involving the filing of fraudulent documents in the hopes of harassing enemies or bilking
state or federal tax authorities.

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