Obama to Use Local Schools in New Terror Scheme

By:  Alex Newman
12/12/2011
       
Obama to Use Local Schools in New Terror Scheme

The White House unveiled its new domestic terror-war strategy, announcing that the federal government would be involving local schools and community-based officials in its efforts to identify and neutralize extremists. Critics in Congress blasted the Obama administration for omitting any mention of radical Islam, but there has been very little criticism so far of involving school children in the so-called “war.”

The new plan was outlined in a 23-page document posted on the White House website entitled "Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States."  Among the cabinet departments involved in deliberations and approval of the strategy were the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Commerce, and more.

 

The White House unveiled its new domestic terror-war strategy, announcing that the federal government would be involving local schools and community-based officials in its efforts to identify and neutralize extremists. Critics in Congress blasted the Obama administration for omitting any mention of radical Islam, but there has been very little criticism so far of involving school children in the so-called “war.”

The new plan was outlined in a 23-page document posted on the White House website entitled "Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States." (pictured) Among the cabinet departments involved in deliberations and approval of the strategy were the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Commerce, and more.

"We had a long conversation about what kinds of things education can do," explained Quintan Wiktorowicz, a senior director of Obama’s National Security Council responsible for the new terror initiative. "In the same way they fight gangs, or bullying, they can help here.”

Wiktorowicz told the government-funded National Public Radio that local “partners” in the terror war, such as schools, would be used to seek out “potential behavioral signs” that might help identify an extremist. Some of the examples he offered included watching extreme videos or talking about unbelievers.

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