FBI docs equate Internet slang like ‘based’ or ‘red pill’ with ‘racially, ethnically related violent extremism’

FBI documents that were released on Monday through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request red flag common internet slang terms as being an indication of “involuntary celibate violent extremism” or “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project was the outlet that made the FOIA request in order to expose the FBI documents containing glossaries that list the terms.

“Docs we obtained show how @FBI equates protected online speech to violence,” the Oversight Project tweeted. “According to @FBI using the terms ‘based’ or ‘red pilled’ are signs of ‘Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism.’”

A portion of the documents refers to “incels,” or those who are “involuntary celibate.” The “threat overview” describes them as potentially seeking to “commit violence in support of their beliefs that society unjustly denies them sexual or romantic attention, to which they believe they are entitled.”

“While most incels do not engage in violence,” a number of them have been involved in “at least five lethal attacks in the United States and Canada,” the documents note.

Many of the terms in the FBI’s list of incel terminology are widely used on the internet or are common in general usage.

For instance, the “red pill” term in the FBI’s glossary comes from the 1999 cult classic “The Matrix.”

According to Fox News, it “has been used as a metaphor for seeing hidden or politically incorrect truths about the modern world, particularly when it comes to politics or dating.”

The FBI defines the term as “a belief shared by many online communities that society is corrupt, and that the believer is a victim of this corruption.”

Much of the terminology has to do with the pitfalls of modern dating or focusing on self-improvement.

The glossary also defines the term “Chad” as a “Race-specific term used to describe the idealized version of a male, who is very successful at getting sexual and romantic attention from women.” Adding, “incels unsuccessfully compete against Chads for attention.”

Another term in the glossary is “Looksmaxxing.” It’s defined as the “process of self-improvement with the intent to become more attractive.”

Many of the terms are more closely related to self-pity than violence. The glossary lists “It’s Over” to convey “the hopelessness of being an incel” or referring to a “heightcel” or “baldcel” in defining individuals who are short in stature or are bald.

The FBI’s list delves into race, connecting it to extreme violence as well. Terms associated with “Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism” (RMVE) are reportedly a mix of common and extremist labels.

“Red Pill” is on that particular list, but sporting a different definition, “In the context of RMVE ideology, taking the red pill or becoming ‘red-pilled’ indicates the adoption of racist, anti-Semitic, or fascist beliefs.”

“Based” is defined by the FBI as a term that is used to “refer to someone who has been converted to racist ideology, or as a way of indicating ideological agreement.”

“Based” is in actuality a context-specific word that was coined by rapper Lil B that can potentially mean anything ranging from “something that is ‘agreeable’ and ‘cool,’” to something “considered anti-woke.”

Another term on the list is “LARPing.” It was originally used to describe people who are engaged in live-action roleplay, often as characters in high-fantasy settings. In politics, the term can be applied to people with an out-of-the-box concept of the country’s future, such as imagining the United States under a monarchy or dictatorship.

The FBI glossary contends the term is utilized to “deride individuals accused of not being as extreme, or in possession of skills or other valued characteristics they claim to have.”

The FBI’s newly surfaced documents seem to indicate an expansion of the policing of unapproved speech which runs counter to the freedoms listed in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.


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