Domestic Extremism Lexicon

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The Domestic Extremism Lexicon is a reference aid released by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that defines different classifications of extremists. There has been controversy associated with it because it gives very broad definitions. This document was released on March 26, 2009 which was two weeks before the infamous “right-wing extremists” report that generated media attention.[1]

The DHS has stated that the report was issued by a "maverick" division of the DHS.[2]

The Domestic Extremism Lexicon lists the “alternative media” with other radical extremist groups and it implies that anyone who disagrees with the mass media’s version of events are potential domestic terrorists.[1]

DHS was almost immediately repealed, but those listed (which include: Neo-Nazis, Aryan Brotherhood prison gangs and Black Power extremists) said the list proves that the federal government is targeting American citizens who are simply knowledgeable about their rights and concerned with current issues.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Watson, Paul. "DHS Document List "Alternative Media" As Potential Terrorist". Alex Jones Prison Planet. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Maverick' DHS Office Issues Glossary of Domestic Extremist Groups". FOX News. 2009-05-05. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 

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