The FBI at least temporarily has suspended a web-based anti-(Muslim) extremism program, reportedly putting it on hold after it was criticized (by Muslims) for unfairly profiling Muslims as potential terrorists. (Muslims ARE the main terrorist threat in America)
Designated Terrorist Group CAIR: “The FBI’s job is to protect children of all faiths and backgrounds, not to offer programs that introduce suspicion into their relations with teachers and can lead to stigmatization and bullying by their peers.”
Think Progress According to the far left wing New York Times story published on Sunday, the FBI has reportedly been working on the program, entitled “Don’t Be A Puppet,” as part of a sustained campaign to stymie the recruitment efforts of Islamic militant groups such as ISIS. The website uses games to teach users — presumably young students and teachers — how to identify warning signs of radical extremism. As participants rack up correct answers to questions, scissors slowly cut away at a puppet’s strings until it is set free.
But when members of Islamic, Arab, and related groups were invited to preview the software two weeks ago, many expressed concerns that it unfairly focused on Muslim extremism perpetrated in the name of Islam.
We were all on the same page in terms of being concerned,” Hoda Hawa, MPAC Director of Policy and Advocacy, told the Washington Post. “It seems like they’re asking teachers to be extensions of law enforcement and to police thought, and Muslim students as well. That was very concerning to us all.”
The designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) was, as always, also critical of the program, saying it continues the “government’s pattern of stigmatizing the Muslim community through its [countering violent extremism] initiative.”
“The FBI’s job is to protect children of all faiths and backgrounds, not to offer programs that introduce suspicion into their relations with teachers and can lead to stigmatization and bullying by their peers,” said CAIR Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia Director Corey Saylor, in a statement released on Monday.
Pressure mounted as representatives from the virulent hate group MPAC and other Muslim community groups sent a letter to the FBI arguing that anti-extremism efforts are most effective when led by Muslim community leaders themselves. (HAH! That’s rich)
When members of the group went to the press to express their misgivings, the FBI reportedly told the Washington Post the program is now temporarily on hold as of November 2, and the website has yet to appear on the internet. ThinkProgress contacted the FBI to get clarity on the nature of the suspension, but the agency’s press office initially appeared unaware of any formal cancelation of the program. The agency then issued a noncommittal statement provided to other outlets.
“The FBI is developing a Web site designed to provide awareness about the dangers of violent Muslim extremist predators on the Internet, with input from students, educators and community leaders,” read the statement from the FBI. Regardless, the MPAC hate group celebrated the suspension — temporary or otherwise — in a press release Monday morning.
“While we welcome efforts to promote the safety and security of our nation, tools like this that
improperly properly characterize Muslims as a suspect community with its targeted focus and stereotypical depictions stigmatize Muslim students (or those perceived as such) and can actually exasperate the problem by leading to bullying, bias, and religious profiling of students,” Hoda Hawa, MPAC Director of Policy and Advocacy, said.
Concern over the program is rooted in longstanding frustrations among Islamic groups regarding how some law enforcement agencies investigate possible Muslim extremists — i.e., often by stigmatizing Muslims. In 2012, news broke that the NYPD had been monitoring the communications of Muslims in and around New York City. (Dhimmi Mayor Bill deBlasio has since ended this program of monitoring Muslim, putting us all in peril)