DoJ Terrorism and Criminal Extremism Terms and Concepts Guide

Bureau of Justice Assistance

  • 120 pages
  • Law Enforcement Sensitive
  • © 2005–2009 Institute for Intergovernmental Research®


In order for criminal justice professionals to effectively combat terrorism/extremism, it is imperative to obtain as much information as possible. Extremist groups often develop languages of their own. Some have created terms that are unique in the English language, while others have given new or expanded meaning to relatively common words and phrases. In addition, certain symbols, events, organizations, and individuals have particular significance for members of some extremist organizations, none of which may be familiar to an investigator or prosecutor who has not previously been involved with such cases.

Investigating Terrorism and Criminal Extremism—Terms and Concepts is a glossary designed primarily as a tool for criminal justice professionals to enhance their understanding of words relating to extremist terminology, phrases, activities, symbols, organizations, and selected names that they may encounter while conducting criminal investigations or prosecutions of members of extremist organizations. Included are terms that may be germane to members of an extremist movement. Also defined are words that are singularly employed by specific extremist groups. Legal terms that have been given new meanings by groups’ adherents are also defined. Similarly, certain terms that describe activities and tactics commonly undertaken by extremists are also included. Significant groups, organizations, movements, and publications that are important for an understanding of terrorism/extremism in the United States and that may be encountered by law enforcement officers and prosecutors are also documented. Inasmuch as this publication is primarily intended to define terms, individuals indexed by name are limited in occurrence. However, there are some people who are of such importance to certain segments of the extremist movement that their very names are equated with that cause. Therefore, some of the better-known terrorists are included.

The key criterion for inclusion of a term, phrase, or name in this publication is the likelihood that investigators and prosecutors may encounter it during the scope of their duties. The fact that an entry appears in this publication does not imply a connection to illegal activity. As an example, the location Waco, Texas, appears in the glossary. Investigators may hear reference to this location while working on certain antigovernment cases. Many terms and names appear under one or more individual entries. For this reason, a concerted effort was made to create a thorough index, allowing for a comprehensive search of terms of interest.

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22 comments for “DoJ Terrorism and Criminal Extremism Terms and Concepts Guide

  1. Bob
    August 30, 2010 at 6:59 am

    This is pure madness!!!

  2. escapefromobamastan
    August 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Well hell, I guess we’re ALL terrorists now…

  3. FKapelski
    August 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    So, I don’t loaded in PDF file, and you didn’t give the password.

  4. secretagentman
    August 31, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Of course, that’s what we’ve said that this was leading to all along. The enemy of freedom has made anyone that wants to be free a terrorist. Who didn’t know that that was coming? That’s exactly what Hitler and the Occult Nazis did.
    Nothing new here. The enemies of freedom are all in the gov’t mafia now. Now what do we do? They’re not going to fight fair are they? Do they have rules that they obey? No, they only have one rule and that that they will rule no matter what or who you vote for.

  5. f8te
    August 31, 2010 at 6:52 am

    All part of living in a “free” country. Go Paylun!

  6. Mark Gailey
    August 31, 2010 at 7:24 am

    This document is in and of itself, the epitome of criminal extremism.

  7. GoodAmerican
    August 31, 2010 at 8:37 am

    So the bilderbergs, CFR and the trilateral commision, in which certain members of our elected representation illegally meet in secret to plan world events that time and again go against the will and best interests of the American People is just fine and dandy, but Americans who oppose all this get labled as “patriots”…hmmmm, this list couldnt have been written by these same forces, could it have been?…lol
    Peace, in-spite of the liars, like these guys, who would have it otherwise.

  8. moebetta
    August 31, 2010 at 9:44 am

    i particularly like the way they put the “tax-protest movement” as a right wing movement started in the 50’s/60’s who not only want to avoid paying taxes, but claim they should not have to pay them…

    excuse me? isn’t that what the anti-war/left wing movement is? those who work under the table, or not at all, so they don’t have to pay taxes (under the auspices: “we’re not going to pay for any war…” so, everyone who DOES pay their taxes will have to pay for the anti-war/anti-military’s welfare, and now obamacare…. DUH!)

    this is laughable!

  9. Back @ ya bozos
    August 31, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Isaiah 5:20
    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    Proverbs 17:15
    He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

    Romans 14:16
    Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

    Proverbs 15:3
    The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

    Ecclesiastes 12:14
    For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

    Proverbs 17:13
    Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

  10. August 31, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Speaking of extremism, how about the “Patriot” Act?

  11. September 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Awesome, thank you Barack Obama for standing up to these FUCKERS.

  12. September 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    It is a damn shame that “certain” government officials cannot seem to differentiate between citizens that believe in upholding the constitutional framework that this country was founded on and true fanatical extremists that “truly” desire anarchy and civil disruption.

  13. Brad
    September 15, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    If you go to the “Y” section you’ll see that the names of my God and the Messiah are listed as terms used by terrorists and extremists… but if you go to the “A” section there is no mention of Allah. This should prove two things: 1. That there is no REAL Islamic terrorist threat (aka Al-CIA-duh) hence stuff like NY Mosque is a manufactured crisis/distraction, and 2. The real target of anti-terror legislation is American Christians.

  14. Randall
    October 11, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I would like to add another entry to the “Terms and Concepts.” oxymoron: Department of Justice.

  15. August 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    The document says “Law Enforcement Sensitive” on the inside, but I didn’t know it until I opened the document. Are you trying to entrap your users? Makes you wonder what LEOs do with the information they maintain about individuals when they can’t competently prevent the release of their own information.

    My momma always used to say ignorance of the law is no excuse, so can someone enlighten me what is sensitive about the document? There’s no portion marking so I can’t tell if there are some parts that are ok to read and some that aren’t.

    Hopefully tax-payer dollars weren’t spent on this document. Maybe it was a freshman English high school project… Wikipedia does a much better job, providing more detail and better references.

    Not to knock it completely… I did learn something new, about “Mutant Fests” –they have nothing to do with teenage turtles named after italian artists.

  16. notsheep
    September 13, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I am not at all surprised that this document is being handed out to law enforcement. It has little to no references, has very little fact, but will somehow end up being a definitive resource for identifying domestic terrorists. If i were to submit something like this academically i would be laughed at by my peers. It is interesting that it seems to villify sovereigns, christians, survivalists, militias, anti tax groups, but does not even have “muslim extremists”, or “islamic fundamentalism”. Guess the American citizens are their next target. Good luck to all of you in the USA, you are the next target. Malo periculosam libertatem, quam quietum servitium.

  17. Umybomber
    September 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    So now it would appear we find ourselves at a crossroads. Either we go along with this and quell our passion for freedom, or we fight back with the truth that would crush these scumbags. The Bilderberg group IS the NWO. Even if you don’t believe in that, they are still in violation of the Logan Act. Big wig politicians and corporate CEOs are not allowed to discuss policy behind closed doors without congressional over-sight. Let’s also not forget that a decade ago, they were complicit in saying that this group doesn’t exist. That is until us patriot terrorists blew the lid off of it. Don’t be fooled by known liars! Do the research and realize the truth for yourselves!

  18. The Invisible Hand
    September 13, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Look for the new Gov Agenct that is in charge of the offical documentation of what is terrorisyicy/extremeist or will this just be incorporated into the TSA, DHS, FEMA etc…. This stuf is right out of 1984 Insane!

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” — Joseph Goebbells

  19. The Invisible Hand
    September 13, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    It is only a matter of time! ….. “vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie”

    Their insanity caused by their lust will serve to expose the truth, waking up more and more people every day!

  20. Seeker
    September 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    “The agenda of the Globalists is the destruction of nationalism — not just in America, but all over the world, and those nations which have lived as constitutional republics are the chief targets of the Globalists agenda, because a constitutional republic is a nation, with a contract between the government and the citizens, with the citizen being the ultimate ruling authority. Constitutions are suppose to embody guaranteed terms of freedom, and freedom is the greatest and most impassible barrier to Globalism. The elimination of freedom becomes the paramount objective for the globalists, and there isn’t any tactic or strategy or method of warfare that they won’t use against it. In those countries which have had constitutional guarantees or legislation which respected the right of people to own firearms and defend themselves, and to exercise free speech and free press, there has been an all out assault upon all of their freedoms, and constitutions. America, Australia, Brazil, Canada and England are among the most pronounced nations in the western world, to have their freedoms assaulted by their governments, with the full support of the United Nations, an organization that was supposedly founded for the very purpose of the preservation of freedom all over the world. While food, clothing and shelter may be the most basic of human rights, as so many are declaring, so is freedom and self-preservation . . . and it is hard to preserve or protect oneself against heavily armed totalitarians, when you are unarmed.”


  21. September 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    its a darn shame when the gov’t dont work right anymore. all it requires is cooperation from both parties. but thats not in the cards now is it. can anyone tell me whose head is up whose ass here? they need to clean the wh out and get fresh people in there not the same old farts that have moldy ideas that dont work. anyone agree w/me on this? cant wait for nov. 6.

  22. Exploited Truth
    December 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    A war has already started the public just doesn’t know it yet. The assassination of those cops has shown in nuclear war terminology Asa 2nd defensive premtive strike against the opposing force. It’s not enough cops have a license to kill, but now get heavy amoured equipment that is more upgrade then shit there fighting in wars overseas with. How does a nation started to be the soul leading force against these evils, turn into the most powerful of those evils. These people were born American at what point, they probably have family members and friends that there laws,industries, and markets affect. All this for greed ?? There has to be something more to everything, even what a lot of them know, compartmentalized information even among their ranks. When you hold the secrets to power, few will know, and will let others know and share that power. It’s just common sense. If anything the Vatican, international bankers, royal familes, governments, venture capitalist, and elitist are all working towards the same agenda just different motives cause each has there own goals n wants. They just happen to end up on the same playing field being above the law n everyone else

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