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National Counterterrorism Center handbook lists “dissatisfaction with job” as a potential sign of extremism
Countering Violent Extremism initiatives rest on the core assumption that it is possible to detect and stop violent extremists before they carry out attacks, through theories of radicalization which identify behaviors that are thought to be “indicators” or “risk factors.” This logic is the driving force behind the National Counterterrorism Center’s annual handbook for law enforcement agencies, which provides guidance for spotting these indicators - from legitimate calls to violence, to more troubling grey areas, such as “expressing frustration with employment situation.”
FBI struggled with “messaging challenges” surrounding its controversial counterterror program for teens
FBI officials fretted over critical press coverage of their interactive website and online game on violent extremism aimed at high school students and attempted to assuage concerns raised by civil liberties and Muslim organizations, according to documents released through a FOIA request.
Rules governing confidential informants remain shrouded in secrecy
FOIA requests filed last year with various federal agencies for “guidelines and policies” for the use of confidential informants returned only one completed response and several rejection, making significant public accountability regarding the practice all but impossible.
Nebraska’s counterterror proposal doubles down on discredited science
Nebraska Emergency Management Agency is the latest, and possibly last, recipient of an Obama-era counterterrorism grant, which awarded the state $300 thousand towards “countering violent extremism in rural and small to mid-sized communities.” NEMA’s proposal, released through a public records request, shows the agency aims to accomplish this by relying on the same flawed, problematic psychology of its predecessors.
UNC-Chapel Hill won a $866 thousand grant to produce counter-jihadist propaganda for Homeland Security
In the last days of Obama’s presidency, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won a grant worth $866,687 under the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Violent Extremism initiative to produce counter-jihadist propaganda. According to the proposal, the University will invest the money in hiring 36 undergraduate students with a background in “study of jihadist messaging strategies, video game design, and media production.”
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|Massachusetts CVE Program||Rejected||Department of Mental Health||Massachusetts|
|State Department Report in Response to Executive Order 13780||Awaiting Response||U.S. Department of State||United States of America|
|DHS CVE Grant Application||Completed||Hennepin County Sheriff||Hennepin County, MN|
|Hubway Contract||Withdrawn||Traffic, Parking & Transportation||Cambridge, MA|
|Feedback on Lisa Durden's Interview||Withdrawn||Essex County College||New Jersey|