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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-13 10:41 AM
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Rut Roh. From the White House Sr, Director for Community Partnerships
Working to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence in the United States

The American public increasingly relies on the Internet for socializing, business transactions, gathering information, entertainment, and creating and sharing content. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought opportunities but also risks, and the Federal Government is committed to empowering members of the public to protect themselves against the full range of online threats, including online radicalization to violence.

Violent extremist groups ─ like al-Qaida and its affiliates and adherents, violent supremacist groups, and violent sovereign citizens ─ are leveraging online tools and resources to propagate messages of violence and division. These groups use the Internet to disseminate propaganda, identify and groom potential recruits, and supplement their real-world recruitment efforts. Some members and supporters of these groups visit mainstream fora to see whether individuals might be recruited or encouraged to commit acts of violence, look for opportunities to draw targets into private exchanges, and exploit popular media like music videos and online video games. Although the Internet offers countless opportunities for Americans to connect, it has also provided violent extremists with access to new audiences and instruments for radicalization.

As a starting point to prevent online radicalization to violence in the homeland, the Federal Government initially will focus on raising awareness about the threat and providing communities with practical information and tools for staying safe online. In this process, we will work closely with the technology industry to consider policies, technologies, and tools that can help counter violent extremism online. Companies already have developed voluntary measures to promote Internet safety ─ such as fraud warnings, identity protection, and Internet safety tips ─ and we will collaborate with industry to explore how we might counter online violent extremism without interfering with lawful Internet use or the privacy and civil liberties of individual users.

This approach is consistent with Internet safety principles that have helped keep communities safe from a range of online threats, such as cyber bullies, scammers, gangs, and sexual predators. While each of these threats is unique, experience has shown that a well-informed public, armed with tools and resources to stay safe online, is critical to protecting communities. Pursuing such an approach is also consistent with the community-based framework we outlined in Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States and the Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.

A New Interagency Working Group

To more effectively organize our efforts, the Administration is establishing a new Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence, chaired by the National Security Staff at the White House and involving specialists in countering violent extremism, Internet safety experts, and civil liberties and privacy practitioners from across the United States Government. This Working Group will be responsible for developing plans to implement an Internet safety approach to address online violent extremism, coordinating the Federal Governments activities and assessing our progress against these plans, and identifying additional activities to pursue for countering online radicalization to violence.

Raising Awareness through Existing Initiatives

In the coming months, the Working Group will coordinate with Federal departments and agencies to raise awareness and disseminate tools for staying safe from online violent extremism primarily through three means.

First, information about online violent extremism will be incorporated into existing Federal Government Internet safety initiatives. Internet safety initiatives at the Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies provide platforms that already reach millions of Americans, and relevant departments and agencies will work to add materials related to online radicalization.

The primary government platform for raising awareness about Internet safety is OnGuard Online, managed by the Federal Trade Commission and involving 16 departments and agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education. OnGuard Online─ in addition to other Federal Government Internet safety platforms like Stop.Think.Connect and Safe Online Surfing─ will begin including information about online violent extremism. This information also will be posted on the Countering Violent Extremism homepage on the Department of Homeland Securitys website and updated to reflect new best practices and research.

Second, the Federal Government will work with local organizations throughout the country to disseminate information about the threat. One reason for the success of Federal Government Internet safety awareness efforts is that they work closely with local organizations such as school districts, Parent Teacher Associations, local government, and law enforcement to communicate to communities. Law enforcement is a particularly important partner in raising awareness about radicalization to violence and is already developing materials with support from the Department of Justice. Law enforcement departments and agencies have established Internet safety programs and relationships with community members and local organizations that can reach multiple audiences with critical information about the threat of online violent extremism and recruitment. Departments and agencies will provide the latest assessments of this threat to our local partners and encourage them to incorporate this information into their programs and initiatives.

Third, departments and agencies will use our preexisting engagement with communities to provide information about Internet safety and details about how violent extremists are using the Internet to target and exploit communities. U.S. Attorneys throughout the country, who historically have engaged with communities on a range of public safety issues, are coordinating these Federal engagement efforts at the local level, with support from other departments and agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education. U.S. Attorneys and others involved in community engagement will seek to incorporate information about Internet radicalization to violence into their efforts, as appropriate. At the same time, the Federal Government will engage with State, local, and tribal government and law enforcement officials to learn from their experiences in addressing online threats, including violent extremism.

Going Forward

As the Federal Government implements this effort in the coming months, we will continue to investigate and prosecute those who use the Internet to recruit others to plan or carry out acts of violence, while ensuring that we also continue to uphold individual privacy and civil liberties. Preventing online radicalization to violence requires both proactive solutions to reduce the likelihood that violent extremists affect their target audiences as well as ensuring that laws are rigorously enforced.



For a fact sheet on Countering Online Radicalization to Violence, click here. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/fact...


Quintan Wiktorowicz is the White House Senior Director for Community Partnerships, on the National Security Staff


What the hell is radicalization to violence? How is it different from inciting to violence?

What is an instrument for radicalization? Do they mean people?

What does this have to do with community partnerships?

I don't trust AT ALL that the industry and the WH will protect my privacy and my liberties.

And now, the Department of Health, the Department of Education, and the Federal Trade Commission are involved in Homeland Security?

Good Lord, when and where does it end?

Messages of hate? Hate of what and/or whom?

Sowing division? Division of what? Group think?



Winston, I, too, love Big Brother.



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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-13 10:42 AM
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1. I forgot the link for the big public domain quote above. here it is
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-13 12:24 PM
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2. It sounds warm and fuzzy on the surface
but I can see how it can easily be abused by those with other intentions.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-13 08:41 PM
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4. So did the Patriot Act and even a Republican SCOTUS declared several of its provisions
unconstitutional. I doubt that would happen again these days, now that torture are war crimes and mass snooping are so ho hum.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-13 04:54 PM
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3. They can do anything they want.
It will be for national security or for individual safety.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-22-13 08:44 PM
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5. Sadly, that seems to be the case.
Edited on Fri Feb-22-13 08:45 PM by No Elephants
you know, with global warming and all, Iceland might not be, today, all that much worse than Boston was when my 90+ year old neighbors were growing up in Boston. They made it to a ripe old age, despite all that snow and cold. I wonder what becoming a resident of Iceland would entail.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-13 07:24 AM
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6. There is always that specter of
the Younger Dryas. Some climate scientists and paleoclimatologists fear the sudden influx of fresh water from melting Greenland ice could trigger the Younger Dryas phnomenon. As if we didn't have enough to worry about. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Younger_Dryas

Some speculate that the Younger Dryas might have caused the extinction of the the North American mega-fauna. One thing for sure, the mega fauna and the clovis culture human beings in North America suddenly became extinct about 12,900 years ago.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-23-13 09:25 AM
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7. Sigh. Always a catch.
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