The Tricky Business Of Combating The Islamic State In Minneapolis-St Paul | ThinkProgress

A pilot program that will launch this year called Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) has focused on three cities in the U.S.: Boston, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis-St Paul. The program falls under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and works with “[Department of Justice] DOJ and State and Local law enforcement partners” to prevent extremism through community outreach and by supporting local communities.To date, around 30 people with links to the Minneapolis-St Paul area have either traveled to join the Islamic State or been arrested for attempting to. The continuing vulnerability of the Somali-American community has made the Twin Cities a focal point for government agencies and programs attempting to work with the community to counter violent extremism. But sections of the Somali-American population distrust what they fear are the government’s attempts at covertly surveilling their community. If the U.S. government wants to help communities fight radicalization through community outreach and after school programs, why are law enforcement agencies the ones reaching out?

via The Tricky Business Of Combating The Islamic State In Minneapolis-St Paul | ThinkProgress.

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