Friday, May 8, 2015

Robert Paulson on "De-Radicalizing"

In yesterday's post we looked at how Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney served up a heaping platter of nothing when asked to explain his government's investment in "de-radicalization" efforts by the NDP's Rosane Doré Lefebvre. Today we'll look at how RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson described it.
    Thank you, Mr. Minister.

    As I said Friday, our prevention program is quite complex.

    Our previous strategies, our terrorism prevention strategies, have been founded on legitimate community engagement. I spoke of the counterterrorism information officer program, years old now. We've trained over 1,800 CTIOs across the country. That's not just in the RCMP; that's in police forces, partner police agencies. The mandate of those officers is engagement, information sharing, and training officers in what to look for in radicalization. It's also community engagement. 

Okay. Let's go through this. I assume "de-radicalization" would consist of identifying people leaning towards "radicalization," and actually speaking to them. 
(I already know that this whole exercise is ludicrous. If a few people are getting murderously enraged at western atrocities in Muslim countries, sending some bigoted and beefy RCMP officers to give a demonstration in hypocrisy and cluelessness isn't going to help anything. And no Muslim imam will be able to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear - especially since they refuse to handle swine - and convince a budding radical that Canada isn't a racist, militarist country that is hurting their co-religionists overseas. But for people who take this stuff seriously, ... what exactly are they doing?)

So, these officers "engage" with Canadian Muslim communities. How? How often? They share information. With who? Community leaders? Other police services? What sort of information? They're trained in what to look for. Okay. And then what?

    In the last little while, working with partners at Public Safety and in other police forces, we've begun to bring our crime prevention strategy to terrorism prevention—in other words, hubbing the resources that exist at the local, provincial, and federal levels and working with those communities to try to understand and identify early who's at risk—and then bring to bear strategies other than the criminal justice response in the pre-criminal space. It's proving to be very effective. In fact, as the minister said about Toronto, we've piloted it with the Toronto police, and we're working with other police forces. We're doing it ourselves, and it is paying some dividends.

I have to say that this still sounds pretty nebulous. I looked for this "counterterrorism information officer program" and, just like Blaney's 20-page report that outlines everything they're doing and can supposedly be found on the internet, I haven't found much.
There's this (pdf).

Hmmm. People "at risk" of being radicalized. No. I can't continue with taking this delusion and paranoia and hypocrisy seriously. It's just too stupid for words. Getting into the mindset of a cretin like Vic Toews or Steven Blaney.

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