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New FBI Program Instructs High School Teachers to Report 'Radical' Students

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Apparently the FBI is starting its own "21 Jump Street" division, one that unfairly targets Muslim students.

As part of its ongoing war on terror, the FBI has launched a new program in which it instructs high school staff across the United States to report students who show signs of being future terrorists.

"High school students are ideal targets for recruitment by violent extremists seeking support for their radical ideologies, foreign fighter networks, or conducting acts of violence within our borders," the FBI guidelines read.

“[If you] see suspicious behavior that might lead to violent extremism, [report it to] someone you trust."

Labeled “Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools,” the guidelines instruct educators to look for loosely-defined indicators that a student could be a threat. "Talking about traveling to places that sound suspicious," "using code words or unusual language," "using several different cell phones and private messaging apps," and "studying or taking pictures of potential targets (like a government building)," are all listed as potential warning signs.

Educators note that many of these so-called indicators are too broad to be effective, as they could be applied to almost any teenager. Other indicators seem specifically geared toward targeting Muslims.

"In practice, schools seeking to implement this document will end up monitoring Muslim students disproportionately," Arun Kundnani, a professor at New York University, told AlterNet.

A similar program in the United Kingdom, known as "Preventing Violent Extremism," relies on mass-surveillance of Muslim communities and mosques, and has been expanded into the country’s public schools. This program has been heavily criticized by rights groups.

"Our case studies show that children are being taken away from mandatory school hours to be questioned on matters misconstrued as markers of ‘extremism," Ibrahim Mohamoud, communications officer with the Islamic advocacy group CAGE said in a statement.

"By alienating parents, turning teachers into informants, and antagonizing students, [UK program] PREVENT is a divisive policy that does an injustice to the education system."

The expansion of these programs is especially troubling given that there is little scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective.

"Drawing on the junk science of radicalization models, the document dangerously blurs the distinction between legitimate ideological expression and violent criminal actions," Kundani stated.

Such programs rely on antiquated social theory that has not been proven.

"The whole concept…is based on the conveyor belt theory – the idea that ‘extreme ideas’ lead to violence," Michael German, a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, told AlterNet.

"These programs fall back on the older ‘stages of radicalization’ models, where the identified indicators are the expression of political grievances and religious practices."

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  • siberianhusky
    Reporting children to the FBI. This is not becoming but has turned the FBI in to a full East German STASI organization.. What is next people can expect the midnight knock on the door from the STASI/FBI and send to the FIMA camps?

    The Fathers who wrote the Constitution must be rolling over in there graves in disgust.
  • Moderate Terrorist
    Hoover and mc Carthy can rest in piece,they have exceptional followers!
  • Yeah lock up the non whites they are all terrorists and thieves who steal me and my childrens future! Just don't tell on the white pride advocates as the world minority we have to stick together especially when our leaders seek to destroy our culture and heritage through mass immigration, the gay agenda, ect!
  • Want2B Wiseguy
    Suspicious behavior that might lead to violent extremism is rampant in American schools. The one most never suspect is something deadly serious the schools are required to do: remove God, the true teacher, from the classrooms. The godless ideology of secularism has killed millions. Very suspicious. Next is pledging allegiance to the symbol of the super dangerous and murderous secular ideology in the world today, the American flag. These symbols of radical secular ideological hatred of God are truly dangerous, and deceiving children into pledging allegiance to these symbols and to the demonic government they represent under the pretense of "education" is extremely dangerous.
  • tblizz
    The headline is U.S. but the article is UK. Not very honest. Besides, this will be turned against Christians, like everything else government does in the U.S., not against Muslims.
  • michael
    now that programme I would love to see! If only to see the stupidity of its assumptions.
  • Start reporting jews.
  • tanksbb
    The Feds are Reds.
  • AnotherLover
    Ha ha. Just got done listening to an NPR (not my house :) piece on the eugenics movement of modern America. It was absolutely mind-blowing and I couldn't understand why NPR would present something so explosive. By the end of the piece, though, it was clear: it was all a hit on Trump, trying to associate his remarks on immigration and Muslims with American eugenics!!

    Anyhow, the piece itself was INTERESTING. The term "junk science" comes up in this article, and this new model of "radicalization" really, really, REALLY sounds EXACTLY like the junk science used to declare people "imbeciles" and "feeble-minded." If you don't know the history of those terms in America, you're missing an absolutely horrendous chapter of American history that's right at our temporal doorstep. They used "science": Darwinism (ESPECIALLY) and absolutely perverted scientific models to deem people unfit to reproduce. Same thing going on here. More junk science describing an absolutely made-up "condition" that will be used and backed by courts of law including the US Supreme Court to deem people to be of a certain frame of mind that makes them unfit to live in "society." Unfit for a micro-apartment. Unfit for fake money that loses half its value in thirty years time. Unfit for a system of depraved parasitism that sucks their lifeblood and time each and every day of their lives except for two weeks out of the year if they're lucky. Who are all these people? Are they psychopaths? Feeble-minded? Doesn't matter, comrade -- they're headed for the gulags.
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