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  • National Coalition Objects to Rep. King’s Latest Hearing | Charity & Security Network
    Colored People NAACP and the National Council of Jewish Women They urged King to discontinue this series of hearings which undermines fundamental American values erodes trust and fuels divisiveness by casting suspicion over an entire community While past hearings featured witnesses from the law enforcement and military communities the most recent hearing s panel consisted of American Muslim doctors writers and lawyers tasked with voicing their responses to past hearings from the perspective of those who are in the words of King in the trenches people who live real lives Devon Chafee Legislative Council at the ACLU wrote in an ACLU blog post that the hearings were never intended to seriously examine real threats to our national security or the empirical evidence about law enforcement approaches that make us safer The Brennan Center For Justice s Liberty and National Security Program Co Director Faiza Patel testified that the hearings only served to further alienate American Muslims The best way to keep our country safe is to use facts to drive counterterrorism policy and using religiosity as an indicator of potential terrorist activity doesn t work she said The committee s Ranking member Rep Bennie Thompson D MS was skeptical about the purpose of the hearing We are holding today s hearing to discuss the effect of previous hearings I am not sure we have ever had a hearing to gauge the effects of prior hearings Thompson said Given the challenges the nation faces in homeland security I am not sure that a hearing to gauge the effects of our hearings is the most effective use of congressional time and attention Another committee member Gene Green D TX said that the hearings were not helping make America safer Y ou have to go beyond discussing the radicalization of Islam and we

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/National_Coalition_Objects_Kings_Latest_Hearing (2016-02-16)
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  • The Threat Behind the Homegrown Threat | Charity & Security Network
    concerned about terrorist Internet publications which were used most recently by Jose Pimentel But ask someone at the FBI and you would learn that it chose not to pursue a case against him for lack of evidence In fact the NYPD reportedly tried to get the FBI involved in its investigation into Pimentel on two separate occasions and both times the FBI declined The New York Times reported that the case is 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 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 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 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 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog/The_Threat_Behind_the_Homegrown_Threat (2016-02-16)
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  • State Department Announces Reorganization Changes | Charity & Security Network
    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 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 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 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 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 will remain one of the core activities of the bureau but it will have some bearing on domestic security

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/State_Reorganization_Changes (2016-02-16)
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  • Clinton Introduces the Global Counterterrorism Forum | Charity & Security Network
    several working groups including ones on rule of law countering violent extremism and capacity building and experts from civil society will be invited to participate 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 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 agreed UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy Goals of the Forum include adoption of the Cairo Declaration on Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law the creation of a multilateral training and research center focused on countering violent extremism Please forward any questions concerning the GCTF to GCTF state gov Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Clinton_Global_Counterterror_Forum (2016-02-16)
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  • Coalition Opposes Misguided Commission on Domestic Threats | Charity & Security Network
    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 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 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 Commission Proposed to Police Ideas Ignores Actual Violence Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/643 (2016-02-16)
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  • News, Testimony & Opinion Roundup from Peter King’s March 10 Hearing | Charity & Security Network
    hearing titled The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and the Community s Response Below are related news articles opinion and testimony about and from the hearing Washington Post Rep King s red scare CNN Alejandro J Beutel the Muslim Public Affairs Council s Government Policy Analyst answers questions about the hearing The American Conservative Peter King s Radical Ignorance CNN Faith leaders condemn hearings Testimony 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 Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Peter_King_Hearing (2016-02-16)
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  • Briefing Highlights Work of U.S. Nonprofits in Countering Terrorism | Charity & Security Network
    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 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 militants who voluntarily agreed to reject violence and wanted to engage in the peace process Hussain treated the audience to a short video showing him running the workshops and a testimonial from one of the workshop s participants who completed the program Having consulted on education and development initiatives in several countries including India Britain the

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Briefing_Highlights_Work_US_Nonprofits (2016-02-16)
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  • Two Capitol Hill Events Spotlight Partnership between Muslim Americans and Law Enforcement | Charity & Security Network
    motivated him to schedule the hearings Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca shared his experiences of working with mosque officials and challenged the notion that Muslim Americans are not cooperative with law enforcement I don t know what King is hearing or who he is hearing from Baca said If King has evidence of noncooperation he should bring it forward he added MPAC s Government and Policy Analyst Alejandro Beutal who has written a report about Muslim American contributions to counterterrorism policy said he understands that the threat clearly exists but I also want to put it in perspective The threat exists but it is not a pandemic Beutel highlighted a February 2011 report by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security a consortium between Duke University the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and RTI International that found the number of Muslim Americans named as suspects or convicted of committing terrorist acts domestically or abroad fell from 47 in 2009 to 20 in 2010 Other speakers at the forum included National security expert Peter Bergen Roger Cressey former Director for Transnational Threats at the National Security Council NSC and professor at Georgetown University and Michael Downing Deputy Chief of the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau of Los Angeles Police Department A similar theme was emphasized at a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the ADC on Feb 2 The event featured security and legal experts who said King s hearings are based on inaccurate and exaggerated information and are counterproductive to continued cooperation between the Muslim American community and law enforcement ADC s legal director Abed E Ayoub said It is important that Rep King understand that the community has been cooperating with law enforcement for a number of years His proposed hearings are aimed at painting the

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/MPAC_ADC_Law_enforcement_events (2016-02-16)
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