Leaked Documents Show FBI Equating Basic American Terminology With 'Violent Extremism'

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On Tuesday, Project Veritas dropped a bombshell document that shows the FBI making disturbing judgments in identifying “violent extremists.”

[WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 2, 2022] Project Veritas released a newly leaked document today provided by an FBI whistleblower, which shows how the Bureau classifies American citizens it deems to be potential “Militia Violent Extremists” [MVEs].

In the document, the FBI cites symbols, images, phrases, events, and individuals that agents should look out for when identifying alleged domestic terrorists.


Some of the examples of “red flags” used in the documents are truly shocking.

Of note, under the “Symbols” section, is a prominent citation of the Second Amendment, where it explains that “MVEs justify their existence with the Second Amendment, due to the mention of a ‘well regulated Militia,’ as well as the right to bear arms.”

Right below that, under the “Commonly Referenced Historical Imagery and Quotes” section, Revolutionary War images such as the Gadsden Flag and the Betsy Ross Flag are listed. Each flag displayed in the document comes with a brief description of what it means.

Under the “Common Phrases and References” section of the leaked document, Ashli Babbitt is cited as a person that MVEs consider to be a Martyr.

FBI “Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide” Page 1. CREDIT: Project Veritas
FBI “Domestic Terrorism Symbols Guide” Page 2. CREDIT: Project Veritas

Incredibly, the document also ties things like Ruby Ridge, Waco and Timothy McVeigh with traditional American symbols.

Other disturbing “red flags” identified in the document were “All enemies, foreign and domestic” and, shockingly, “I will not comply.”


It is extremely alarming to learn the FBI is so casually conflating common, basic American terminology and Americana with violent extremists. It seems they are genuinely setting up Americans for punishment based on the most basic, common expressions of totally average patriotism.

Project Veritas indicated the document was not for public consumption.

The “Unclassified/Law Enforcement Sensitive” document says it is for “FBI Internal Use Only.”


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