The Obama administration is starting a new program to confront violent ideologies in America.
The alleged goal is to prevent regular Americans from converting into home grown radicals.
But many are already saying the real purpose is to round up conservatives and stamp out political opposition to the Democrat Party.
The Obama administration’s scheme involves using community leaders and mental health professionals to target individuals who may be attracted to “violent ideologies”.
“The policy aims to prevent conversions to all violent ideologies, including the white supremacist beliefs held by a gunman who killed nine black church members inside a historic African-American church in Charleston and the other shootings and bombs were inspired by Islamist militants. Critics said, however, that such efforts largely target Muslims.
In approximately 60 to 70 percent of the cases the federal government has prosecuted for terrorism or supporting terrorism, a family member or friend said they noticed the defendant was exhibiting strange behavior before they came to the attention of law enforcement, said Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.
“Parents are stuck in this horrible situation where they have to make a determination of ‘Is it better that my son joins ISIS and potentially dies or is it better that he spends 20 years in jail?'” said Hughes, referring to Islamic State.
The new White House strategy seeks to create “intervention teams” led by mental health professionals, faith-based groups, educators and others as a resource for people who find themselves in such circumstances. Intervention teams would seek to divert a person away from violence before they commit a violent act and without involving law enforcement agencies.
The Justice Department and Homeland Security Department also aim to enhance their social media campaigns to counter people being drawn to violence.
The White House plan drew both praise and criticism Wednesday afternoon from experts on counterterrorism and civil liberties advocates who said the plan is a step in the right direction but does not go far enough to prevent discrimination against Muslims.”
But while this is billed as preventing attacks such as those carried out by home grown radical Islamic terrorists in Orlando, New Jersey and New York, many are skeptical of the Obama administration’s motives.
That’s because in the first year of his Presidency, Obama’s Department of Homeland Security released a paper identifying military veterans, pro-life activists, and supporters of former Presidential candidate, Ron Paul, as potential domestic terrorists.
And in his political rhetoric, Obama has routinely ripped the GOP as “hostage takers” and his White House – as well as Hillary Clinton – has compared the Republican Party to terrorist groups.
During the government shutdown, Senior White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer described the Republicans as suicide bombers.
On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton compared Republicans’ views to that of terrorist groups.
“Now, extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans who want to be the president of the United States,” Clinton said at a speech in Cleveland. “Yet they espouse out of date, out of touch policies. They are dead wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward, we are not going back.”
The unassuming nature of this program to confront violent ideologies could mask its frightening purpose.
Given the actions and rhetoric of Obama and Hillary Clinton, many are concerned that the true target of this initiative is the criminalization of conservative politics.