(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/9/15) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released an updated briefing paper on the issue of â€œCountering Violent Extremismâ€ (CVE) in advance of a hearing next week by the House Homeland Security Committee, which is considering legislation to provide $40 million taxpayer dollars over four years to expand the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by adding an office that would deal exclusively with CVE.
CAIRâ€™s briefing paper outlines a number of concerns about the government's CVE initiative, including that government-led CVE is not an effective use of public resources, that it often relies on subjective measures and its efficacy is questionable.
Observers note that CVE is generally driven by news events, that the current program targets American Muslims exclusively and find claims that the government is targeting all forms of violent extremism are inconsistently supported.
There is also concern that the current CVE initiative undermines American ideals such as government not having a role in the free exercise of religion.
CAIR Brief on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE):
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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