The article below was originally published by the Sharia TipSheet in a slightly different form.
DHS Goes Further Down the CVE Rabbit Hole
by The Sharia TipSheet
August 13, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security is poised to spend $35 million on a new Center of Excellence in Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research. Universities will apply for grants to develop “multidisciplinary, customer-driven solutions while training the next generation of homeland security experts,” according to the press release announcing the Center. “Once awarded, this COE will leverage emerging technologies and analytic techniques to provide innovative solutions for preventing and countering terrorism,” the press release went on to say. The Center “will support academic-led innovation that supports DHS in staying a step ahead of emerging terrorist tactics.”
What does all this mean, exactly?
This publication asked DHS whether the new Center will focus on radical Islam and, if so, through what specific projects. A DHS press officer indicated he would put the question to a staff member working on the Center, but initially just provided another grant document instead.
This response being totally inadequate and not what was promised, the Sharia TipSheet contacted the press officer again:
The document you reference only mentions Islamist terrorism once and does not mention white supremacism or eco-terrorism at all.
How can anything useful be developed concerning “integrat(ing) technologies and concepts into DHS operations to avoid, prevent, or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism” if no specific group is being examined?
Similarly, how can anything useful be developed concerning “break(ing) the cycle of recruitment, radicalization, and violence” if no specific group is being examined? Wouldn’t recruitment, for example, differ from group to group?
Perhaps it is envisioned that specific groups will be the subject of the grants even though they’re not mentioned in the grant announcement. If that is the case, please advise as to what percentage of the Center’s activity is expected to be about:
- Abortion extremism
- Islamist extremism
- animal rights extremism
- environmental extremism
- sovereign citizen extremism
- anarchist extremism
- Puerto Rican extremism
- militia extremism
- white supremacist extremism
- black separatist extremism
- bombing matters
- other (please identify)
Finally, the document is clearly written from a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) point of view. Early in the Trump administration, it was reported that DHS was moving away from CVE in several ways. What happened to the initiatives listed below, and why doesn’t the document you referenced reflect them?
Changes Initially Made at DHS Regarding CVE