The Australian Intelligence Agency announced that it will change the language it uses to describe violent extremist threats, and instead of using “Islamic or right-wing extremism” the term “religious motives” will be used.
Presenting the annual threat assessment, Director-General of Security, Mike Burgess said that ASIO will follow its intelligence partners in changing the language it uses towards violent extremist threats, and from now on, the comprehensive terms “violent extremism with religious motives” and “violent extremism motivated” will be used. Ideology “to describe those who seek to do harm.
He stressed, “We do not investigate people because of their religious views, but this matter is not clear when we use the term Islamic extremism.” Our language fits into the evolving threat environment. “
He said that describing “left” or “right” extremism is no longer appropriate or applicable in many circumstances, noting that “our language needs to accommodate groups that fall outside the traditional categories.”
Source: abc australia