Two weeks after the Department of Justice announced they had stepped in to kill the FBI's problematic "Shared Responsibility Committees" (SRCs), yesterday the DOJ re-announced that SRCs will apparently live to see another day - just under a new name(s). The DOJ said that instead of the FBI leading intervention teams in cities across the country, now the FBI will be supporting intervention teams in cities across the country. If you didn't catch the change, you're not alone. The SRC metamorphosis into a local law enforcement project instead of a federal one was announced in an 18-page White House strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, which in our opinion is just more of the same well-intended but problematic programming based on bad science. Even with the new reveal, there is so much we don’t know about SRCs (like where they are operating, and what metrics they will be evaluated by) that we are struggling to even know what we should be focused on examining. For those of us who are working to protect the Arab American and American Muslim communities from being further stigmatized and unconscionably portrayed to be on the "front lines of terror" (NEWS FLASH: violence and terror are not the domain of one particular ethnic or religious group), the announcement is particularly problematic. As the White House looks to shape the next administration (which they assume will be run by Hillary Clinton), they are setting in place a framework for a massive, intrusive, disproportionate, expensive, rights-infringing, and speech chilling approach to our community.

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