The insidious counter-extremism programme PREVENT is not limited to Britain in terms of its effect and impact. Muslim minorities in the US are experiencing similar policies designed to target them through bogus psychometrics. See previous blogs on CVE, the responses to it in Western states, and the need to internationalise the response to a policy of persecution which has gone global. The piece below by journalist Waqas Mirza is important in that it demonstrates that the concerns about PREVENT are being echoed in the context of American CVE projects. It is an important step forward towards the aim of transcending borders to combat CVE.
Transcending Borders to Combat CVE
The Dark, Shoddy “Science” behind PREVENT
As British Government Leads CVE Globally, Britons Lead the way in Opposing it.
Globalising CVE: The New Western Imperialism
CROSSPOST: Waqas Mirza
Nearly fifteen years of the War on Terror may not have led to any appreciable decline of terrorist groups but they certainly have resulted in the US government coming up with some uniquely comical ideas on how the war should be fought. The State Department once spent millions of dollars for its Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications division to troll Islamic State accounts on Twitter. Earlier this year, the State Department offereda $1.5 million grant to produce a “television drama series” aimed at “countering violent extremism among young people in contemporary Afghan society.”
Cedar Riverside, credit Burhan Mohamud/arraweelo.wordpress.com
In Britain, the PREVENT counter-extremism programme is now being challenged academically and practically to the point that voices within the mainstream political spectrum are calling for it to be scrapped.
However, despite this policy failure, beyond Britain and in countries like Australia and the Unites States of America, the ideology of PREVENT is spreading like a virus.
There have been developments in Australia, where counter extremism policies are maintaining the discriminatory targeting of the Muslim minority. Australia is looking to ramp up its counter-extremism measures, both in a hard and soft capacity. The Australian measures will include the strongly-lambasted control orders to be used on individuals whom have not been convicted of a crime. Further those “high-risk extremists” whom have been convicted of a crime and have completed their prison sentence may be indefinitely detained. In other words, the rule of law is being decimated by disproportionate, authoritarian measures which will most likely be used majoritarily against Muslims.