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house Bill H.R. 2899

Should Counter-Radicalization Programs Be Consolidated Into One Office In DHS?

Argument in favor

While it appears that intelligence agencies and law enforcement have a handle on tracking extremists after they’ve been radicalized, there needs to be a concerted effort by DHS to stop the problem before it progresses.

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08/08/2015
Why not? Maybe we could consolidate our paranoia in one place.
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10/07/2015
I believe that organizing these efforts under one agency will help streamline the process, making it more successful and cost-effective in the future.
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Elinor's Opinion
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08/10/2015
Well, yes! Isn't the purpose of government to protect citizens of THIS country?
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Argument opposed

A new office within DHS focused on counter-radicalization isn’t necessary, existing agencies with task forces focused on the issue simply need to do a better job of collaborating their efforts and communicating.

John's Opinion
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08/08/2015
No no no. Wasn't this the point of all the unconstitutional changes after 2001? We should be rolling back and shutting down Homeland Security; not increasing their scope of responsibility. We are 18 TRILLION IN DEBT and need to STOP SPENDING wherever we can. The Military, FBI, CIA and all the State and Local police forces are more than capable of protecting us as long as they are able to share information. Especially with today's big data analytics doing much of the heavy lifting.
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Loraki's Opinion
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01/17/2016
The DHS has too much power, and not enough accountability, IMO. And the present Administration is far more concerned about Constitutional conservatives who are trying to actually preserve, protect and DEFEND our Constitutional rights than they are about securing our borders, deporting or imprisoning foreign criminals and terrorists, INCLUDING Islamic imams who promote jihad, Shariah Law and Islamic supremacy in their mosques and madrassas! And let's not forget the government's giving money, arms, and training to, shall we say, "questionable" groups and/governments AND releasing dangerous, hostile enemy combatants from prison, so they can return to the business of killing Americans and our allies! Let's just say that I don't think the Obama Administration's definition of "radical extremists" is the same as mine....
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James's Opinion
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10/11/2015
The DHS is top heavy with inefficient bureaucrats who cannot figure out who is a threat. People are put on No-Fly lists for no reason and then go through hell getting cleared. The CBP is under the DHS and they are forced to allow hordes of illegal immigrants, many gang members and terrorists into our country. Even the Cost Guard is now under DHS control. DHS, because of it's size has no intelligent means of operation. Chaos reigns. Adding another task to the existing mess will only make everything worse.
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What is House Bill H.R. 2899?

This bill would establish an Office for Countering Violent Extremism within the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) that coordinates all DHS efforts related to preventing the radicalization of potential recruits for extremist groups.

The leader of this office would be the highest-ranking federal official in the entire federal government that is focused on stopping the radicalization of Americans, and would coordinate with other agencies in those efforts.

A counter-messaging program would be created that uses social media platforms and other technologies to actively fight against the propaganda used by extremist groups.

All funding that is currently set aside for counter-radicalization within DHS would be transferred to this new office as part of the consolidation efforts.

Impact

Americans who are radicalized and recruited by extremist groups, DHS employees who focus on counter-radicalization, and DHS.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2899

$41.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this legislation would cost about $41 million over the 2016-2020 period.

More Information

In-Depth: The lead sponsor of this legislation — Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) — cited the ongoing efforts by extremist groups to radicalize young Americans to their cause as an urgent reason to pass this legislation:

“Terrorists at home and overseas are bringing the battle into our homes through the internet. We cannot afford to complacently watch the threats mushroom. It is time for action, and to treat this issue like the priority that it is… These terrorists prey on potential recruits online, and after they spend hours on the internet, reading and chatting in dark spaces with terrorists, it is too late. We have to work on the front end to prevent the radicalization from happening in the first place.”

This bill was passed unanimously by the House Homeland Security Committee via voice vote, but it is not without its detractors. It has been criticized as not doing enough to engage with groups that may be vulnerable to anti-American propaganda in ways that demonstrate a commitment to the principles of freedom of religion and equality. Some of this legislation’s supporters have pointed out that to be a success, this program must not single out particular groups for additional scrutiny, and needs to counteract violent extremism of all sorts.


Of Note: A report compiled by the House Homeland Security Committee cited failures by the U.S. intelligence community to recognize the threat of Al Qaeda’s operations in America prior to the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. There have been several notable attacks carried out by radicalized Americans in the post-9/11 era, including 2009 shootings at a military recruiting office in Little Rock and at Fort Hood, in addition to the Boston Marathon bombing, among other incidents.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Elliott Brown)

AKA

Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015

Official Title

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Office for Countering Violent Extremism.

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      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedJune 25th, 2015
    Why not? Maybe we could consolidate our paranoia in one place.
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    No no no. Wasn't this the point of all the unconstitutional changes after 2001? We should be rolling back and shutting down Homeland Security; not increasing their scope of responsibility. We are 18 TRILLION IN DEBT and need to STOP SPENDING wherever we can. The Military, FBI, CIA and all the State and Local police forces are more than capable of protecting us as long as they are able to share information. Especially with today's big data analytics doing much of the heavy lifting.
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    The DHS has too much power, and not enough accountability, IMO. And the present Administration is far more concerned about Constitutional conservatives who are trying to actually preserve, protect and DEFEND our Constitutional rights than they are about securing our borders, deporting or imprisoning foreign criminals and terrorists, INCLUDING Islamic imams who promote jihad, Shariah Law and Islamic supremacy in their mosques and madrassas! And let's not forget the government's giving money, arms, and training to, shall we say, "questionable" groups and/governments AND releasing dangerous, hostile enemy combatants from prison, so they can return to the business of killing Americans and our allies! Let's just say that I don't think the Obama Administration's definition of "radical extremists" is the same as mine....
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    I believe that organizing these efforts under one agency will help streamline the process, making it more successful and cost-effective in the future.
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    It should be in the DOD.
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    The DHS is top heavy with inefficient bureaucrats who cannot figure out who is a threat. People are put on No-Fly lists for no reason and then go through hell getting cleared. The CBP is under the DHS and they are forced to allow hordes of illegal immigrants, many gang members and terrorists into our country. Even the Cost Guard is now under DHS control. DHS, because of it's size has no intelligent means of operation. Chaos reigns. Adding another task to the existing mess will only make everything worse.
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    Well, yes! Isn't the purpose of government to protect citizens of THIS country?
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    What purpose does homeland security even serve? I don't see them as usefulm
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    The DHS should be disbanded! Read the Constitution
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    The DHS has too much unaccountable power as it now stands. I see this as a further militarization of America's policing systems. As for trying to prevent the radicalization of Americans, it is going to do as much good as Nancy Reagan's laughable 1980's drug program of "Just Say No".
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    Bigger isn't better. Bureaucracies bog down efficiency.
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    No more government agencies
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    Enough bib brother, current employees, start multi tasking as the public sector has to to keep their jobs.
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    I see lots of potential for abuse in this. Not that that would stop Congress.
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    No, DHS has no accountability
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    Call me an obstructionist but a GOP sponsored bill is too likely a bad idea. They won't help Obama I won't help them.
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    Spending my money for a pointless program will not help anything. Unless we make free thought illegal we can't stop people from choosing a radical path.
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    I do not believe this will solve the problem, but we cannot sit back and argue while mass murder continues. This will allow us to take proactive steps whose success or failure will shed light on the nature of terrorist movements, a proactive form of to research that will hopefully develop the insights we need to improve counterterrorism techniques in the future.
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    It isn't consolidated already? Why?
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    1 Pont of contact and organization. Wow, sounds intelligent. Naw, let's spread the responsibility over 10 org's just for gits and shiggles.
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