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Muslim activists alarmed by the FBI's new game-like counterterrorism program for kids
by Michelle Boorstein
The FBI has designed an unusual game-style Web site about extremism meant to be used by teachers and students to help the agency spot and prevent radicalization of youth, say Muslim and Arab advocacy groups who were briefed by the FBI on the program and fear it will foment discrimination against Muslims.
The law enforcement agency characterized the program, which appears to be the first aimed at the nation's schools, as one that will keep youth from falling prey to online recruiting by terrorists. But some members of the Muslim and Arab advocacy groups invited to preview the effort complained that despite being described as combatting "violent extremism," it frames the topic heavily through the lens of Islam and will lead to profiling of Muslim youth.
The Web site, called "Don't Be A Puppet," was scheduled to go live Monday but was put temporarily on hold in the past few days.
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