Inspector General Criticizes FBI’s Probes of Homegrown Violent Extremism

Posted on March 4, 2020 11:26 am

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The FBI failed to significantly improve its handling of investigative tips and leads on suspected homegrown violent extremists even after several high-profile terror cases put the spotlight on the problem in recent years, according to a new report from the Justice Department’s inspector general.

The FBI describes homegrown violent extremists or HVEs as self-radicalized “global jihad-inspired individuals” who are living in the United States and not receiving direction from a foreign terror group. Since 2001, homegrown violent extremists have been responsible for 20 attacks in the United States, some of which came after the FBI closed an investigation on a suspect.