(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/14/2015) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today said it has joined 41 other organizations in raising concerns about the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2899).
That bill will be the topic of a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 15. If adopted, the legislation would create a new assistant secretary position in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provide $40 million spread over four years to fund an Office for Countering Violent Extremism.
In a letter led by the Brennan Center for Justice, the groups note that â€œdespite years of experience with CVE programming in the U.S. and abroad, there is no evidentiary basis for concluding that these programs contribute to reducing terrorism.â€
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â€œExpanding government and throwing taxpayer dollars into an unproven program is not a solution Americans can get behind,â€ saidÂ CoreyÂ Saylor, who directs CAIRâ€™s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia.
Saylor pointed to CAIRâ€™s recently-updated brief on CVE for an example of the programâ€™s dubious value.
In the brief, CAIR notes:
â€œA May 2014 National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) document notes that the impact of CVE programs is â€˜not easy to quantify.â€™ After making this qualification, the document's authors offer a scoring system for measuring an individual's susceptibility to violent extremism. These include measures such as â€˜Parent-Child Bonding, Empathic Connection,â€™ â€˜Presence of Emotional or Verbal Conflict in Familyâ€™ and â€˜Talk of Harming Self or Others.â€™ These measures likely encompass most American families at some point, rendering them near useless for the stated goal.â€
Read CAIRâ€™s New CVE Brief:
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CoreyÂ Saylor, director of CAIRâ€™s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, 202-384-8857, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,Â email@example.com; CAIR Communications Coordinator Nabeelah Naeem, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171,Â firstname.lastname@example.org