This week the Department of Justice announced it was quashing the FBI's proto-program called "Shared Responsibility Committees" (SRCs). Earlier this year the FBI launched this program in a few cities across the country in the hopes of formalizing ad hoc attempts to "save" Arab and Muslim youth from becoming terrorists. DOJ won't say exactly why they are reeling in the FBI's program (they only say "we've heard your concerns and are suspending the program"), but we have a few guesses. Perhaps because the program crosses some major professional ethics lines? And because the FBI (a law enforcement organization) doesn't have the ability to legally or effectively take action before a crime has been committed? Definitely because they are discriminatory. Or maybe because Arab and Muslim communities do not want to welcome increased surveillance? All this is to say that we - along with our amazing allies like Muslim Advocates, ADC, Brennan Center, and the ACLU - are relieved to hear that the Department of Justice also disapproves of these programs and wants them to be brought to an end. However, we have serious questions about whether the FBI is going to listen to them, and listen to them honestly, without any "wink, wink" action. You see, we can't truly believe that the SRC program is dead until we know that the Los Angeles RENEW program has ceased working with the FBI. Or until we know that people who received this letter from the FBI regarding SRCs have received a second letter detailing their cancellation. Or until we figure out if there is an operational SRC working with the FBI in Arizona - something we only know from the father of a recently arrested autistic boy. Or if the same can be said for the New Jersey SRC. Or until Director Comey clarifies his statements on the record that suggest the FBI has not abandoned its program at all. Until then, we're not comfortable with how the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, CVE Task Force, and the FBI have decided to intervene in the Arab and Muslim communities.

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