FBI anti-extremist website for kids on hold after Muslim, Arab groups protest
Once again we see the Islamic advocacy groups in the U.S. opposing counter-terror efforts and claiming they unfairly single out Muslims. The idea that today’s politically correct Obama FBI, which refuses as a matter of policy to study the ideology, motives or goals of the jihadis, would create a program that was unfairly singling out Muslims is laughable. But these groups are determined to remove all obstacles to the jihadi advance, and to obstruct any and all efforts to impede that advance.
“FBI anti-extremist website for kids on hold after Muslim, Arab groups protest,” RT, November 2, 2015:
The website, called Don’t Be a Puppet, offers users exercises, as described by theWashington Post, or “a series of games and tips,” as reported by the New York Times, that aim to teach children signs to watch for that may indicate someone is falling deeper into extremist behavior. As players answer questions correctly, a pair of scissors cut the puppet’s strings until it is set free.
“The quiz asked students: What would be activities that would concern the FBI?” the Post reported.
Some of the options included a youth posting on Facebook that she intended to attend a political protest, a young person posting about feeling emotional about something or a youth with a stereotypically Muslim-sounding name who ‘posted that he’s going overseas on a mission [and] does anyone want to chat?’” Hoda Hawa, director of policy and advocacy for Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), told the Post.
“All our hands went up, like: What’s with this?” Hawa added.
The FBI would not detail the program or why it decided to hold off on releasing the website, but did offer a statement on Sunday.
“The FBI is developing a website designed to provide awareness about the dangers of violent extremist predators on the Internet with input from students, educators and community leaders,” an FBI spokeswoman said.
MPAC and other Muslim, Arab, Yemeni and Sikh advocacy groups were briefed on the site by the FBI last month. At the meeting, the FBI also discussed its “Shared Responsibility Committees,” which would be groups of community leaders and FBI agents who would share information on particular kids. Participating groups said they voiced concern with the agency, and with the US Department of Justice, over the plan.
“We were all on the same page in terms of being concerned,” said Hawa told the Post.“It seems like they’re asking teachers to be extensions of law enforcement and to police thought, and students as well. That was very concerning to us all.”
During “a very tense meeting” between the groups and the FBI, the law enforcement agency included a tutorial of the program various types of potentially-violent groups and ideologies, as well as some personality swings that could lead to extremist behavior, Abed A. Ayoub, legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, told the NY Times.
The FBI said during the meeting that it would
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