The Obama administration is trying to pilot programs that focus on tackling global terrorism on a local scale. Boston, LA, and Minneapolis will be the cities that pilot these programs. However, some community members and activist are worried the efforts will amount to a wide-scale government surveillance of Muslim communities.
The program is called Countering Violent Extremism. Officials say that the program is developed to aim at preventing youths and other vulnerable people from joining extremist groups. This program is part of President Obama’s plan to address rising extremism worldwide.
The three cities were chosen because local law enforcement officials in those cities have spent years building relationships with Muslim and other minority communities. The department says that is what makes them a logical starting point to test the new strategies. Another reason is these three cities have recently experience homegrown terrorism. If these programs turn out to be successful, this program would be tried in other cities.