FBI report on black 'extremists' raises new monitoring fears

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WASHINGTON (AP) - An FBI report on black "extremists" is stirring fears of a return to a time when the bureau spied on civil rights groups.

The FBI says it's not focused on specific groups, but rather on people who commit violence.

At issue is an intelligence assessment that describes "black identity extremist" groups that the FBI says are targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men.

The FBI has produced similar reports on other groups and trends, including white supremacists and homegrown extremists.

But the FBI's 12-page bulletin has unnerved some black lawmakers, and they want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to explain the report's origins.

Activists and historians are drawing comparisons to the civil rights movement, when the FBI was ordered to aggressively monitor and disrupt activist groups demanding racial equality.

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