Common phrases used on the internet have been linked by the FBI to “Violent Extremism,” according to newly revealed papers.
The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project said it utilized a FOIA request to reveal FBI papers, including glossaries revealing that popular online terminology has been highlighted as a sign of “Involuntary Celibate Violent Extremism” or “Racially or Ethnically Driven Violent Extremism.”
Those who are “involuntarily celibate,” or “incels,” are singled out in a certain section of the text as potentially wishing to “act violence in support of their beliefs that society unfairly denies them sexual or romantic attention, to which they think they are entitled.”
At least five homicides in the US and Canada have been linked to incels, according to the report, which also acknowledges that “most incels do not participate in violence.”
The phrases that the FBI has designated as “incel language” are, for the most part, commonplace or harmless expressions.
The only entry in the glossary is “Red Pill,” which is a reference to the 1999 film “The Matrix” and has become a metaphor for confronting taboo or unpopular realities in today’s society, especially in the contexts of politics and romance.
According to the FBI glossary, it means “a belief shared by many online communities that society is corrupt, and that the believer is a victim of this corruption.”
Most of the entries deal with some aspect of self-improvement or the challenge of navigating the dating scene of today.
Chad is defined in the lexicon 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,” Observing afterward, “incels unsuccessfully compete against Chads for attention.”
The list furthermore contained the phrase “Looksmaxxing” which this text specifies as the “process of self-improvement with the intent to become more attractive.”
Other phrases, such as “It’s Over” for expressing “the hopelessness of being an incel,” or “height-cel” or “baldcel” to identify persons of small stature or baldness, respectively, are more often linked with self-pity than violence.
There is a wide range of phrases, from the extremely extreme to the completely neutral, on the FBI’s list of those connected with “Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism” (RMVE).