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Trump admin shifts focus of a domestic counter-terror program




The Los Angeles Police Department conducts a counter-terrorism demonstration in Downtown.
The Los Angeles Police Department conducts a counter-terrorism demonstration in Downtown.
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Since 9/11 the Department of Homeland Security has funded a program called Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, that tries to stop homegrown terrorists before they start.

The program gives money to local groups so that they have the resources to reach out to people in their own communities and prevent them from being radicalized.

But under President Trump, the program is shifting its attention away from far-right extremists. Now it will focus primarily on those who are Islamic.

Peter Simi, professor of sociology at Chapman University and expert in extremist groups, tells Take Two that Islamic terrorism and far-right terrorism are both threats, and they both need to be addressed with this program.