A federally-funded program originally names ‘Countering Islamic Terrorism’ was changed to ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ under the Obama regime so as not to offend Muslims. Now, officials in Los Angeles are afraid the program itself is offensive to Muslims because Muslims are still the target.
LA Times Los Angeles lawmakers are wrestling with whether to accept a federal grant to counter extremism, a move that designated terrorist groups in America like CAIR Muslim believes would lead to targeting Muslims. (That’s the whole point of the program)
According to Reuters, which cites President Donald Trump’s administration wants to rename the “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, program introduced by the previous Democratic administration of Barack Obama to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism” and to focus on Muslim terrorists.
The debate has roiled City Hall, where dozens of Muslim turned out Tuesday to urge city officials to turn down the money. Some shouted angrily from the crowd as an aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti told lawmakers that the money would fund programs to combat Islamophobia and hatred and provide culturally appropriate services to help communities.
Los Angeles is poised to get $425,000 from the Department of Homeland Security under the Countering Violent Extremism program.
The plan alarms the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and other Muslim groups that argue that the federal program, initiated under the Obama administration, has only become more worrisome under President Trump. ACLU staff attorney Mohammad Tajsar said it was “fundamentally flawed.”
Under the Obama regime, former FBI Director, Robert Meuller (yes, THAT Robert Meuller) eliminated all FBI counter-terrorism training materials that mentioned Islam or Muslims because it was offensive to Muslims.
“These programs identify individuals as potential targets of radicalism if they adhere too closely to particular strands of the Muslim faith. If they exhibit certain political ideologies. If they hang out with the wrong crowd,” Tajsar said. “All things that are protected and lawful.”
But at Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilman Mike Bonin argued that although local officials had made admirable efforts to “modify” the program, the city should not be partnering with the Trump administration on terrorism because the federal government was “very clearly determined to racially profile.”(What ‘race’ is Islam?)
In a report issued last year, the Brennan Center for Justice concluded that the Countering Violent Extremism grants had been focused almost exclusively on American Muslim communities and that many programs “label people as potential terrorists using disproven criteria.”
Garcetti aide Joumana Silyan-Saba said that the L.A. programs would not be rooted in the radicalization theories that alarmed Muslim community activists and attorneys, but would instead focus on “protective factors,” identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that reduce the risk that people will be attracted to violent extremism. (Protective factors? Only if that includes surveillance of mosques to make sure the imams aren’t promoting violence and terrorism)
The federal money could pay for supportive services for individuals and families, as well as programs to encourage youth leadership, financial literacy and immigrant integration, Silyan-Saba said. She stressed that some of the funds would go to an Encino counseling center that serves a wide range of communities, including Spanish, Armenian and Farsi speakers, and some would go to a group focused on curbing the influence of white supremacists. (NONE of that has anything to do with the purpose of the program)
At least three community organizations have already declined funding collectively totaling nearly $1.4 million awarded under the auspices of the CVE task force, citing concerns about the Trump administration’s posture toward Muslims and the possible changes to the program. (Good…more for the cities that actually want to stop Islamic terrorism)
ClarionProject The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is pushing the Los Angeles mayor’s office to refuse funding from the federal government to implement a Countering Violent Extremism Program (CVE).
The program – which comes with a grant for $425,000 – was offered to Mayor Eric Garcetti from the Department of Homeland Security. What could possibly be wrong with an anti-extremism program?
CAIR objects, in principle, to the concept of CVE on three grounds:
“CVE is based on a flawed theory that claims there are reliable “indicators” for predicting if individuals are on a path to radicalization”
“CVE targets the Muslim community and stigmatizes them as inherently suspect under the false premise that Muslims are more prone to violence than other religious or ethnic groups”
“CVE chills First Amendment protected activities such as attending a mosque, participating in activism, and expressing political opinions”
To the detriment of the Los Angeles community, as well as national security, CAIR is unwilling to acknowledge that Islam is being used to further violence and extremism across the globe. Further, they refuse to acknowledge the blatant fact that young people are being recruited by Islamist terrorist organizations to commit acts of violent extremism.
Instead, CAIR contends that CVE programs are “dangerous” because they “target Muslims.”
CAIR was designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates in 2014. The group is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and was listed by the FBI as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial, the largest terrorism financing trial in American history.
The organization’s blatant obfuscation of the goal of CVE programs and their agitation against the grant offered to the Los Angeles mayor is most telling.