THE US Homeland Security department has refused to comment on allegations that Donald Trump will revise the US’s counter-extremism programme to focus only on Muslims.
Sources apparently briefed on the project say the Trump transition team met officials from the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) unit of the department and suggested renaming it “Countering Islamic Extremism.”
Congress Republicans have attacked CVE as “politically correct” for not mentioning Islam. The programme has also been widely criticised from the left as an oppressive surveillance tool.
But Muslim Public Affairs Council policy director Hodo Hawa said a name-change would be “concerning” because it would “target a particular faith group and cast it under a net of suspicion.”
It could also see white supremacist groups removed from the watch list, despite a survey of US police forces suggesting that white supremacist terror was a more widespread threat than “al-Qaida inspired” terrorism.