FBI’s ‘Don’t Be a Puppet’ program teaches kids not to fall victim to violent extremism

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Kids learn to identify those ‘susceptible to recruitment’

By Shepard Ambellas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — According to Laurie Goodstein, writing for the New York Times, the threat of domestic terrorism has been a topic of major concern for FBI officials recently as they will begin to introduce a new online program called “Don’t Be a Puppet”, which helps teachers and students better assess provocateurs of terror and those “susceptible to recruitment.”

However some, such as Prof. Arjun S. Sethi of Georgetown University Law Center, believe that it’s not a teacher or student’s job to act as law enforcement by vetting potential suspects. “Teachers in classrooms should not become an extension of law enforcement,” Sethi said. And if you think about it rationally–Sethi’s assessment is likely on point as law enforcement veterans continue to struggle daily to identify potential terrorists or foil plots. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack so to speak. A lot of guesswork I assume.

Additionally at least six organizations representing “American Muslims, Arabs, Yemenis and Sikhs” attended several “tense” FBI meetings last summer which received major “blowback” from the community, as reported by Goodstein.

Additional Sources:

F.B.I. Tool to Identify Extremists Is Criticized — New York Times

Via Intellihub — News & Politics


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