Friday, February 20, 2015

Counterterrorism Efforts Should Be Based on Facts, Not Flawed Theories

This week, Michael German spoke with author Arun Kundnani and Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, about the narrow scope of the government’s recently announced “Countering Violent Extremism” program and its impact on Muslim communities.

“I think it is hard to overstate the mistrust that American Muslim communities now have of law enforcement as a result of programs in which people have been targeted on the basis of their beliefs, not on the basis of having done anything wrong,” said Shamsi. “And that has a tremendous impact on the communities as well as on society as a whole.”

“There’s an assumption that Muslim community leaders know about all these potential plots but are just holding them back in some way,” said Kundnani. “Whereas I would say that Muslim community leaders [don’t know of] any plots.”

Instead of relying on flawed theories of terrorist radicalization which focus solely on the Muslim community, “intelligence agencies should be leading the government in fact-based research on national security issues,” wrote German.

Read the post and watch the interviews here.

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