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Old 04-22-2018, 20:30   #1
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Countering Violent Extremism

I am working on an end-of-term grad paper for a homeland security class and I am considering the topic of countering violent extremism. Our assignment is to evaluate a current homeland security policy and offer critique to improve or continue the success of the policy.

DHS has a CVE website, which offers up the government's strategy for countering radicalization. I am early in my research, but it honestly seems like a bunch of platitudes and empty strategies targeted towards local communities. My point being, they use a lot of words to describe a strategy that, in practice, may not work.

I would like to know if any of you have experience, at home or abroad, with countering radicalization within populations. I would also like to know if any of you have experience with the government's CVE framework and its application at ground level.

The DHS CVE website talks a lot about "empowering" communities and developing "off-ramps" for potential extremists. In my mind, a strong counter-narrative (even a subversive one) conducted on social media and commietube.com would be a possible approach. I'm not sure if this is something that they are doing, however.

I appreciate any input that you may offer, as I value your expert opinions and experiences.

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Old 04-23-2018, 13:13   #2
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DHS........


Needs to go the way of the dodo, and collectively about as intelligent.
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"COUNTERING VIOLET EXTREMISM"
Old 04-23-2018, 15:39   #3
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"COUNTERING VIOLET EXTREMISM"

An OVERWHELMING USE OF DEADLY FORCE gives the opposition the message that "We are not here to talk or play games" We don't do drive-bys...WE STOP...tom kelly
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I copy your messages and agree. Thanks.
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Old 04-23-2018, 18:33   #5
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That DHS site's documents, from the few I read, spend a lot of words appeasing Muslims while targeting white Americans as extremists. Of course, most of the documents were created during the Obama years so that's not surprising. Of particular note is the famous phrasing how we must not use language that would indicate that all Muslims are represented by the actions of the few. (Obviously, this standard doesn't apply to legal gun owners and NRA members.)

DHS will probably classify most of the posters on this forum as "violent extremists" if they feel the need.

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Old 04-23-2018, 19:57   #6
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That DHS site's documents, from the few I read, spend a lot of words appeasing Muslims while targeting white Americans as extremists.
Yes, sir. I gathered as much and have decided to form my paper around that critique. Along the same lines as your quote, they state that many Muslim communities and leaders object to the insinuation that members of their community are susceptible to extremism. Likewise, the term "Countering Violent Extremism" offends them--they prefer "building partnerships" and other semantic b.s. They also believe the government should not lead such programs, instead they believe their own communities and NGO's are better suited to do so (I assume they would choose CAIR as their preferred NGO for such a task).

If you are so inclined, the S.T.A.R.T database Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States - PIRUS (Keshif) is utilized to evaluate acts of terror and the individuals who commit terror in the United States. According to the database, "Far Right" radicalized groups and individuals commit more acts of terror than radical Muslims. I have not had time to look at the cases, but I am curious of the data points utilized to determine what "Far Right" means to them. I would agree most on here, as well as, many of my friends and family would fall in that category (although none have proven radicalized, yet).

Thank you for the input and replies.

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