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Official Policy and Bie Classification

case: Racism's most odious form, though, is when it appears as official policy, as is the case with the Black Identity Extremist BIE classification recently adopted by the FBI. The Black Identity Extremist label was revealed last year when an FBI report was leaked to the press, provoking a firestorm of criticism from civil liberties and racial justice groups, alleging the FBI was reverting to behavior akin to COINTELPRO, its counterintelligence program from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, when it criminally targeted, surveilled, infiltrated and disrupted protest organizations like the Black Panther Party, leading to the imprisonment and death of many, according to Rabble. This recent leaked FBI report, titled Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers, was dated Aug. 3, 2017 -- ominously, just three days before the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one anti-racist activist, Heather Heyer, was killed, and scores more were injured. The scourge of racism takes many shapes, and has been integral to American history long before the nation's founding. In addition to the FBI memo, documents obtained by several groups under the Freedom of Information Act revealed the existence of an internal document at the Department of Homeland Security, that staff there referred to as the Race Paper. A copy was released by DHS, but in a completely redacted form. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Media Justice and 40 other organizations have written to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, calling for the release of the unredacted version of this paper. ( As reported in the news.