The FBI’s most recent national threat assessment for domestic terrorism makes no reference to Islamist terror threats, despite last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and the 2009 Fort Hood shooting—both carried out by radical Muslim Americans.
Instead, the internal FBI intelligence report concluded in its 2013 assessment published this month that the threat to U.S. internal security from extremists is limited to attacks and activities by eight types of domestic extremist movements—none motivated by radical Islam.
They include anti-government militia groups and white supremacy extremists, along with “sovereign citizen” nationalists, and anarchists. Other domestic threat groups outlined by the FBI assessment include violent animal rights and environmentalist extremists, black separatists, anti- and pro-abortion activists, and Puerto Rican nationalists.
“The FBI categorizes Islamic extremists and individuals inspired by Islamic extremist groups as International Terrorism,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said. “Even though Ft. Hood and Boston were domestic incidents, the ideology and motivation of those behind them had international elements.”
He did not elaborate on why the FBI has split local Islamist extremism from other forms of domestic extremism.
However, the report links Puerto Rican nationalists to the foreign ideology of Marxism-Leninis