White House wants to spare white supremacists from federal counter-extremism program

trump-islamThe Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.

The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

Such a change would reflect Trump’s election campaign rhetoric and criticism of former President Barack Obama for being weak in the fight against Islamic State and for refusing to use the phrase “radical Islam” in describing it. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for attacks on civilians in several countries.

The CVE program aims to deter groups or potential lone attackers through community partnerships and educational programs or counter-messaging campaigns in cooperation with companies such as Google (GOOGL.O) and Facebook (FB.O).

Some proponents of the program fear that rebranding it could make it more difficult for the government to work with Muslims already hesitant to trust the new administration, particularly after Trump issued an executive order last Friday temporarily blocking travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

Still, the CVE program, which focuses on U.S. residents and is separate from a military effort to fight extremism online, has been criticized even by some supporters as ineffective.

A source who has worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the program said Trump transition team members first met with a CVE task force in December and floated the idea of changing the name and focus.

In a meeting last Thursday attended by senior staff for DHS Secretary John Kelly, government employees were asked to defend why they chose certain community organizations as recipients of CVE program grants, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.

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27 Responses to White House wants to spare white supremacists from federal counter-extremism program

  1. Trump was on Twitter tweeting while raid going on in Yemen


  2. Ametia says:

    Thursday, February 2, 2017
    Our Little Domestic Terror Problem Magically Goes Away

    Did you really think the Trump regime was ever going to lift a finger to try to stop the next Dylan Roof when A) white people can’t be terrorists duh have you heard and B) those who are most likely are already working for law enforcement and the military anyway?


  3. #MuslimBan Please donate to the @ACLU. It’s for the soul of our country. Give what you can. We need their help.


    • Ametia says:

      Trump was tweeting during raid. Bannon was sniffing his arm pits, deciding whether he needed to bathe, shave, or eat a tub of popcorn, while watching America go down the sewer.

  4. #MuslimBan, threatening Mexico, Iran, China, threatening to withhold funds from UC Berkeley. He needs to be impeached this week. WTF are those in power waiting on? He’s damaged America is one swoop!


  5. Petraeus Warns That Divisive Actions on Muslims Strengthen Extremists



    President Donald Trump has faced criticism from across the political spectrum after signing an executive order last Friday restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. On Wednesday, one of Trump’s favorite military minds appeared to add his voice to the public condemnation.

    General David Petraeus, a finalist for secretary of state in the Trump administration despite his disgraced exit from the CIA, told the House Armed Services Committee that broad-brush statements from Trump and others in his administration about Islam and Muslims complicate the fight against groups like ISIS.

    “We must also remember that Islamic extremists want to portray this fight as a clash of civilizations, with America at war against Islam,” Petraeus said at a hearing on national security threats and challenges. “We must not let them do that. Indeed, we must be very sensitive to actions that might give them ammunition in such an effort.”

    Trump’s executive order grew out of his campaign promise to implement a “Muslim ban.” It followed reports that the Trump administration was considering reopening CIA black sites, based on a draft executive order that replaced phrases like “global war on terrorism” and “jihadist” with “radical Islamic terrorism” and “Islamist.” This weekend, Trump also elevated adviser Steve Bannon by giving him a seat on the National Security Council’s Principals Committee. Bannon has said that Islam is a “religion of submission” and frequently hosted and praised guests on his radio show who disparaged Islam.

    • eliihass says:

      He needs to shut up…

      He was perfectly willing to go along with the white supremacist madness, until he was pushed aside and discarded for the much more ‘oil valuable’ and useful Putin idiot Rex Tillerson ..

      Now the shameless, greedy, power-hungry adulterous opportunist wants to suddenly go all moral high-minded and empathetic after the fact…

  6. This is NOT normal. We don’t have it twisted. He’s mentally unfit for office.


  7. When will we see impeachment proceedings? The country can’t take this madness. Don’t be a bit surprised if this scum pardon Dylann Roof.

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