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  • The Threat Behind the Homegrown Threat
    unusual in that it marked only the second time this year that NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney s office have brought terrorism related charges in state court which in the past have been almost exclusively prosecuted in federal courts But what about high profile cases like the Nidal Hussein s shooting at Fort Hood in 2009 or Faisal Shahzad who pleaded guilty to attempting to blow up a vehicle carrying a homemade bomb in Times Square in May 2010 Do these examples of actual or attempted attacks indicate a burgeoning threat to America posed by rogue individuals Michael German a former FBI counterterrorism agent who now works on national security issues at the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU said the lone wolf threat is being overstated 8 It s not a non existent problem but certainly not something new and growing German said But unlike the murky details surrounding the arrest of Pimental or others who often are duped by law enforcement agents posing as collaborators in fake terror plots 9 the statistics on domestic attacks tell a much different story Brian Jenkins senior adviser to the president at the RAND Corporation and a former captain in the Green Berets who has studied terrorism recruitment for decades says the threat and subsequent response by the government is vastly exaggerated Speaking at a CATO event 10 on April 13 2012 Jenkins said there is no army of sleepers no vast underground of agents in the U S waiting to attack In fact after analyzing terror related threats or attacks since 9 11 in America he found only 6 per 100 000 people are involved in a domestic terror attack an especially low yield considering that the U S prison population is approximately 750 per 100 000 over the same period The number is so low Jenkins eschews the term lone wolf in his latest book on terrorism recruitment 11 because he says the behavior of these few individuals more closely resembles that of stray dogs German and Jenkins are not alone in believing that the government is over playing the threat Claims of homegrown terrorists become radicalized online have become commonplace to justify the support for legislation and policies that increase surveillance on law abiding citizens and censor free speech on the internet According to Glenn Greenwald 12 the central linchpin of endless war and civil liberties erosions is keeping fear levels high Foreign al Qaeda villains once served that role and Homegrown Terrorists have now replaced them He provides several examples of officials using the homegrown threat as justification for extreme policies that take away our basic civil liberties including A full ten years after the 9 11 attack the indefinite detention provisions of the NDAA were codified into law Lindsey Graham 13 Homegrown terrorism is a real threat There are a lot of people being radicalized on the Internet The CIA and the NYPD jointly created 14 a domestic surveillance program to infiltrate mosques in the U S

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  • State Department Announces Reorganization Changes
    activities CSO will work with a range of non governmental and international partners to prevent conflict address sources of violence build on existing resiliencies and promote burden sharing In particular CSO will encourage greater involvement of local civil society to prevent and respond to conflict CSO will be led by Frederick Barton 6 a former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees and the founding Director of the Office of Transition Initiatives at USAID Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor DRL 7 which is led by Assistant Secretary Michael Posner produces the annual country reports on human rights practices around the globe Starting in 1977 these reports have become one of the most trusted and comprehensive sources of information for human rights advocates and officials Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration PRM 8 led by acting Assistant Secretary David Robinson Established in 1980 PRM helps refugees around the world through assistance to international groups and NGOs or by admitting refugees to the U S Bureau of Counterterrorism CT 9 to be led by Amb Daniel Benjamin At the Jan 4 briefing Benjamin said the Bureau of Counterterrorism will work with other departments and agencies in supporting U S counterterrorism diplomacy and will partner with governments and civil society in efforts to counter violent extremism I want to underscore we all know that there is no way to shoot our way out of this problem conclusively and forever Benjamin said and that s why strengthening our engagement with others to support their civilian institutions so that they can actually hold that territory police that territory try people who want to carry out violent attacks either against people who live there or abroad is an absolutely vital undertaking Designating Foreign Terrorist Organizations FTOs 10 will remain one of the core activities of

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  • Clinton Introduces the Global Counterterrorism Forum
    in the working groups activities We will work to strengthen the capacity of other governments multilateral bodies and civil society groups all over the world especially those most affected by terrorism Clinton said According to the State Department Fact Sheet 3 about the Forum the U S alone cannot eliminate every terrorist or terrorist organization and the Forum will serve as a mechanism for furthering the implementation of the universally

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  • Coalition Opposes Misguided Commission on Domestic Threats
    enforcement resources from investigating criminal activity It notes that Such a course will not make us safer and will lead to the unjust and discriminatory targeting of an entire faith and ethnic community The commission was proposed as an amendment to the intelligence authorization bill H R 1892 by Rep Frank Wolf R VA In part the letter says the proposed commission s mandate promotes a specific political agenda rooted in a flawed theory describing a path to radicalization which conflicts with empirical studies of terrorists The theory s most basic flaw is in its assumption that radical beliefs are inextricably linked to violent terrorist action In fact the empirical studies show 3 there is no discernable path pattern or profile to becoming a terrorist The commission mandate s singular focus on radical ideology as a primary driver of terrorism directly conflicts with President Barack Obama s strategy on extremist violence which emphasizes community partnerships and the prevention of violence The White House strategy 4 announced in August rightly recognizes that casting suspicion toward an entire faith or ethnic community promotes hatred and division and may actually increase the likelihood of extremist violence For more information see the ACLU s

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/print/643 (2016-02-16)
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  • News, Testimony & Opinion Roundup from Peter King’s March 10 Hearing
    Ignorance 6 6 CNN Faith leaders condemn hearings 7 7 Testimony 8 from Lee Baca Sheriff Los Angeles County who spoke at the hearing about the ongoing coopration between Muslim Americans and law enforcment Huffington Post Rep King Don t Stereotype It s Un American 9 Source URL http www charityandsecurity org news Peter King Hearing Links 1 http www charityandsecurity org news Peter King Hearing 2 http homeland house

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  • Briefing Highlights Work of U.S. Nonprofits in Countering Terrorism
    process in Afghanistan and how U S undermines its own interests by restricting her ability to urge members of the Taliban to lay down their arms Having conducted peacebuilding activities in over 20 countries Schirch has facilitated engagement between conflicting groups through dialogue to build support for the rule of law and a culture of peace This type of work however is hindered by U S counterterrorism measures that she describes as counterproductive and confusing Michael German Policy Counsel at American Civil Liberties Union ACLU and former FBI Special Agent in domestic terrorism and covert operations presented an outline of the Treasury Department s discriminatory enforcement of overbroad U S anti terrorism financing laws on U S nonprofits He described the legal framework that permits the Treasury Department to shut down any organization indefinitely without notice or hearing on the basis of secret evidence and without any meaningful judicial review German said the assets seized by the government are held without a timeline for release and that Treasury has denied several requests to use that money for humanitarian or disaster relief in accordance with the intent of the donors of these funds German also discussed the unconstitutionality of Treasury s authority to freeze a charity s funds without designating them a terrorist organization In 2006 a Toledo based charity KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development Inc 3 had its assets seized by the government without a warrant notice or a hearing The ACLU challenged the governments actions in court and a federal judge found that Treasury had violated the charity s Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights Azhar Hussain Vice President for Preventive Diplomacy at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy ICRD spoke about ICRD s Pakistan Madrasa Project Run by Hussain this project held workshops in rural Pakistan for former

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