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posted by janrinok on Saturday February 14 2015, @08:42PM   Printer-friendly
from the have-we-come-to-this? dept.

Are you, your family, or your community at risk of turning to violent extremism? Now you can find out as The Intercept reports that a rating system devised by the National Counterterrorism Center titled "Countering Violent Extremism: A Guide for Practitioners and Analysts,” lets police, social workers and educators rate individuals on a scale of one to five in categories such as: “Expressions of Hopelessness, Futility,” “Talk of Harming Self or Others,” and “Connection to Group Identity (Race, Nationality, Religion, Ethnicity).” The ranking system is supposed to alert government officials to individuals at risk of turning to radical violence, and to families or communities at risk of incubating extremist ideologies. Families are judged on factors such as “Aware[ness] of Each Other’s Activities,” as well as levels of “Parent-Child Bonding,” (PDF) and communities are rated by access to health care and social services, in addition to “presence of ideologues or recruiters” as potential risk factors. A low score in any of these categories would indicate a high risk of “susceptibility to engage in violent extremism,” according to the document. Users of the guide are encouraged to plot the scores on a graph to determine what “interventions” could halt the process of radicalization before it happens.

Experts have suggested that intervention by law enforcement or other branches of the government in individuals’ lives, particularly young people, based solely based on the views they express, can potentially criminalize constitutionally protected behavior. “The idea that the federal government would encourage local police, teachers, medical and social service employees to rate the communities, individuals and families they serve for their potential to become terrorists is abhorrent on its face,” says former FBI agent Mike German calling the criteria used for the ratings “subjective and specious.” Arun Kundnani questions the science behind the rating system. “There’s no evidence to support the idea that terrorism can be substantively correlated with such factors to do with family, identity, and emotional well-being," says Kundnani. "“It is obvious that, in practice, [this] would mostly only be applied to Muslim communities."

 
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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Sunday February 15 2015, @03:00PM

    by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Sunday February 15 2015, @03:00PM (#145289) Homepage
    > Was Guy Montag a terrorist? Clarisse McClellan?

    If you were the government, would you want those two removed from where they could be of harm to your agenda? Clearly yes.

    So to that state, they are terrorists. They are therefore absolutely legitimate targets, as everything is relative to a context. In a dystopian context you should expect many things to be reversed. Profiling to find radicals like Guy Montag is a perfectly understandable way a state might try to find radicals like Guy Montag. If the latter's your end, why shouldn't the former be your means?
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  • (Score: 2) by Jeremiah Cornelius on Sunday February 15 2015, @03:37PM

    by Jeremiah Cornelius (2785) on Sunday February 15 2015, @03:37PM (#145294) Journal

    "Terrorist" is therefore an intrinsically meaningless term. It is used only to assign a label that justifies all measures against those declared by the state to be its enemy.

    I believe that the concept of a "State" can now be safely described as a failed construct. Terrible experiment, really. 300 years of appalling misery.

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    • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Sunday February 15 2015, @06:16PM

      by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Sunday February 15 2015, @06:16PM (#145326) Homepage
      > "Terrorist" is therefore an intrinsically meaningless term.

      If you believe that, then "foreigner" is also an intrinsically meaningless term. As is "friend". And "music". And ...
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