Reuters: White supremacists to be eliminated from domestic terror program

Reuters reports today that the new administration will revamp the “Countering Violent Extremism” program to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States. It cites unnamed sources.

Some Republicans in Congress have long assailed the program as politically correct and ineffective, asserting that singling out and using the term “radical Islam” as the trigger for many violent attacks would help focus deterrence efforts.

Others counter that branding the problem as “radical Islam” would only serve to alienate more than three million Americans who practice Islam peacefully.

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

Hoda Hawa, director of policy for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said she was told last week by people within DHS that there was a push to refocus the CVE effort from tackling all violent ideology to only Islamist extremism.

“That is concerning for us because they are targeting a faith group and casting it under a net of suspicion,” she said.

The CVE program aims to deter groups or potential lone attackers through community partnerships and educational programs or counter-messaging campaigns, Reuters notes.

Community groups in Minneapolis have received grants in the past focused on at-risk youth in the Somali community.

Critics, however, have said the program lacks oversight — and safeguards against surveillance of their communities, and stigmatizes them.

Related: Minnesota Somali nonprofit declines $500,000 federal grant (MPR News)

Citing Trump, Minneapolis Somali nonprofit rejects $500,000 counterextremism grant (Star Tribune)

  • BJ

    Everything built in the last 40 years destroyed in under 30 days.

    • There was an absolutely stunning interview on ATC last night with a former State Department employee.

      ” Terrorism has been on the landscape for over a hundred years. The United States government has been protecting the U.S. borders for even longer than that. A system has evolved. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s pretty good. And it’s staffed by professionals who are absolutely committed to protecting their country.

      “Now you have basically a group of idiots who have no idea how the world works who’ve come in and said, whatever the previous administration did can’t possibly have worked; we’re going to change it basically by kicking in the teeth everyone who’s worked for a lifetime to protect the U.S.”

      • *facepalm*

      • Mike Worcester

        I heard that on my evening commute and was gobsmacked by it. Career diplomats are generally even-keeled folks. His take on this speaks volumes about how they view what is happening.

      • jon

        This really feels like the G.W. Bush early years when Clinton’s staff, and congressional reports suggested al qaeda was a serious threat, and that an attack on america was likely, and the Bush administration ignored everything in the reports except the words “Weapons of mass destruction” which they used to justify invading Iraq, but of course failed to prevent 9/11 because they had other concerns (namely a stable if not hostile Iraqi government).

        History seems to be pretty good at finding a way to repeat itself…

      • BJ

        I heard it. It was unbelievable condemnation of Trump’s administration.

        • wjc

          You mean a “believable” condemnation, don’t you? ;^)

      • Rob

        Heard it, loved it. Sadly, he’s a voice in the wilderness, shouting into the klusterf%&k of the Krony Kapitalist Kakistocracy that now shrouds our country.

  • Will

    Yeah, this is wrong, remember the Oklahoma City bombing???

    • Rob

      McVeigh was secretly a radical Islamic terrorist, is what I heard

      • Jerry

        No, when they are white they are “troubled loners”, even when they act in groups.

  • Josh Ruhnke

    I have a feeling this isn’t going to end well…

  • MrE85

    In some circles, this will be known as “Operation Green Light”

  • Mike Worcester

    Thankfully we will have groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center who do an amazing job tracking hate groups. And if anyone thinks they only concentrate on white supremacists and such, in 2009 they issues a critical report about racial prejudice in Hawaii, prejudice and racism against non-native. It was hard hitting and received essentially zero coverage in the Hawaiian media.

  • Words fail me…

  • Jerry

    Trump doesnt want to counter the activities of white supremacists. It’d be like the Pope countering the activities of the Catholic Church.

  • KTN

    Well this makes perfect sense really. Why would the Republicans want to keep their brothers down.

    • Bob Sinclair

      IMO this is part of Trump’s plan to return the United States to it’s “glory” days of the 50’s, including all of the racial inequality of the time.

      • rallysocks

        1950s or 1850s?

        • Bob Sinclair


  • Mike

    If true (unnamed sources should always give pause), this is an ominous development. Especially so, since the FBI itself has been concerned about white supremacist presence in local police departments.

    • MikeB

      Sadly, they know what they are doing in this regard.

  • Al

    Just when I think this administration couldn’t neglect evidence any more…

  • Rob

    This is exactly how a kakistocracy works. And the only sure thing about a kakistocracy is that there will be even more outrageous, venal and incompetent acts to come. What’s in store for Week Three, I wonder?

    • Al

      Wow, great word. Kakistocracy.

  • Dan

    Just Trump delivering a victory to one of his core constituencies.

  • AmiSchwab

    does this mean the kkk and co. can just run crazy?