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Attacking terrorism at its domestic roots

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Attacking terrorism at its domestic roots

A promising yet small program in Minnesota is aimed at "disengagement."

By Editorial Board Star Tribune

The commitment of Minnesota’s federal court system to root out the causes of homegrown terrorism and to deradicalize, or disengage, those who get caught up in it is both commendable and prudent. It’s a goal that should be considered by court officials in other parts of the U.S. as they deal with both domestic and foreign hate groups.

The early success of a deradicalization program in Minnesota is detailed in a recently released report by Kevin Lowry, the onetime chief probation officer for the state’s federal court district. Lowry managed a pilot project at the urging of senior U.S. District Judge Michael Davis after an influx of cases involving young Somalis who were enlisted to serve terrorist groups such as al-Shabab and ISIS.

Read more:  http://www.startribune.com/attacking-terrorism-at-its-domestic-roots/506905122/