- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced $10 million Wednesday in federal grants available to local governments, colleges and nonprofit organizations that run programs designed to keep people from becoming radicalized.

The Countering Violent Extremism Grant Program, the first federal assistance program aimed specifically at stopping radicalization, is meant to encourage groups working to undercut the enticing narrative Islamic State and other terrorist networks have sold to hundreds of Americans, enlisting them in jihad.

“Given the nature of the evolving terrorist threat, building bridges to local communities is as important as any of our other homeland security missions,” Mr. Johnson said in opening the grants up to applications.

Testifying to Congress last week Mr. Johnson said he’d like to see more cash in the program, calling $10 million “a good start,” but not very much when the nationwide needs are so great.

He also admitted he doesn’t much care for the term “countering violent extremism.”

“We actually don’t use the term ‘CVE’ in the field. It’s an inside-the-beltway term,” he said.

Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat who pressed Mr. Johnson on the phrase, said in his home state they use the term “building community resilience” instead.



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