Trump Counter-Terrorism Program to drop White Supremacists, focus on Islam

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He could rename the “Countering Violent Extremism” program to “Countering Islamic Extremism,” according to Reuters sources.

The Trump administration wants to revamp a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies into one that gives a pass to white supremacists and focuses solely on Islamist extremism.

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” five sources told Reuters, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

The CVE program aims to deter groups or potential lone attackers through community partnerships and educational programs or counter-messaging campaigns in cooperation with companies such as Google and Facebook.

Some proponents of the program fear that rebranding it could make it more difficult for the government to work with Muslims already hesitant to trust the new administration, particularly after Trump issued an executive order last Friday temporarily blocking travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Still, the CVE program, which focuses on U.S. residents and is separate from a military effort to fight extremism online, has been criticized even by some supporters as ineffective.

Many community groups had already been cautious about the program, partly over concerns that it could double as a surveillance tool for law enforcement.

The Obama administration sought to foster relationships with community groups to engage them in the counterterrorism effort. In 2016, Congress appropriated US$10 million in grants for CVE efforts and DHS awarded the first round of grants on Jan. 13, a week before Trump was inaugurated.

Among those approved were local governments, city police departments, universities and non-profit organizations. In addition to organizations dedicated to combating the Islamic State group’s recruitment in the United States, grants also went to Life After Hate, which rehabilitates former neo-Nazis and other domestic extremists.

Three other sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said such plans had been discussed but were unable to attest whether they had been finalized.

Via TeleSur

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Related video added by Juan Cole:

The Young Turks: “Trump Wants To Pay Less Attention To Right-Wing Terrorism”

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  1. ‘Trump Counter-Terrorism Program to drop White Supremacists, focus on Islam’

    Yes, Mr. Cole – as a Tarheel Confederate, who believes in state sovereignty, espouses it, and holds to the notion that our understanding of The Good Book is at the centre of it all, I am heartily sick of being a target for President Obama, and being on New England Government Yankee lists.

    To be sure, I am absolutely ready to fight for North Carolina, if our legislature so deemed it, however, in lieu of such an event, my greatest crime against this present social order is a citation for driving 64 in a 55 – 25 years ago.

    There are many of us – in the tens of millions in The South, and the odd out case, such as Mr. Dylan Roof, is NOT justification to target us for our beliefs.

    • What is it about bible-citing unreconstructed confederates that gives them such delusions of persecution? Dylann Roof is an outlier, and NOBODY claims otherwise. But he isn’t unique, and that’s the part that Junius tries to gloss over.

      A few examples of homegrown non-Muslim terrorists:
      Timothy McVeigh, Eric Rudolph, Benjamin Smith, Buford Furrow, Richard Baumhammers, Keith Luke. All of those lowlives were convicted of multiple murders. Then there are the hundreds more who were apprehended (lucky for everybody) before they were able to carry out their homicidal plans.

      Whatever it means, “being on New England Government Yankee lists,” it has nothing to do with being targeted for one’s belief. Unless those beliefs are murderous or treasonous. Are yours, JD?

    • Junius, get a grip! It is highly doubtful that Professor Cole nor Barrack Obama or any New England Government Yankee has ever had you in mind.

      As a Confederate, do you believe you should be allowed to travel with your slave under one fare like carry-on luggage?

    • No one says you or yours should be targeted for your beliefs. But it seems that Trump and his friends have decided that Muslims should be targeted for their beliefs.

      The change being discussed here is a move to take a program that tries to curb all kinds of violent extremism and twist it to focus on extremist Muslims and while ignoring other types.

      It’s worth noting once again that acts of violence and terror related to Islam are very much in the minority of such acts in the United States and Europe. Focusing on those actually places you at higher risk because of who’s actually committing the crimes.

  2. Yeah, yeah, tens of millions of you in the South who worship everything that your ancestors did, yet claim that White Supremacy was just a misunderstanding. Where was your hypocrite ancestors’ belief in States’ Rights when they passed the Fugitive Slave Act?

    No one goes to war over the right of their state to abrogate the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments unless they have someone in mind they intend to strip of the right to vote. Which then makes possible all the other things that have been done to Blacks.

    Dylann Roof cut through all your bullshit and expressed the heart of the matter, just as Anders Breivik expressed it for the pathetic “alt-right” who are now camped in the White House.

    Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens, March 1861:

    “Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its corner- stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. Those at the North, who still cling to these errors, with a zeal above knowledge, we justly denominate fanatics. All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity. One of the most striking characteristics of insanity, in many instances, is forming correct conclusions from fancied or erroneous premises; so with the anti-slavery fanatics. Their conclusions are right if their premises were. They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails… They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal.”

    Stephens was right in that all the other fundamental principles he praised in the rest of his speech, every one still part of your right-wing beliefs, rested on the bedrock of human inequality. He was honest. You’re not.

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