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WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children’
CNSNews ^ | 4/17/2014

Posted on 04/19/2014 9:50:54 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

In a speech delivered at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday evening, White House Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Adviser Lisa Monaco said it could help prevent terrorism if parents watched for “sudden personality changes in their children at home.”

“President Obama has been laser-focused on making sure we use all the elements of our national power to protect Americans, including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” said Monaco, in a transcription posted by the White House.

“At the same time, we recognize that there are limits to what the federal government can do,” said Monaco. “So we must rely on the partnership of those who are most familiar with the local risks, those who are in the best position to take action—local communities.

“Local communities are the most powerful asset we have in the struggle against violence and violent extremism,” she said. “We’ve crunched the data on this. In the more than 80 percent of cases involving homegrown violent extremists, people in the community—whether peers or family members or authority figures or even strangers—had observed warning signs a person was becoming radicalized to violence. But more than half of those community members downplayed or dismissed their observations without intervening.

“So it’s not that the clues weren’t there, it’s that they weren’t understood well enough to be seen as the indicators of a serious problem,” said Monaco.

“What kinds of behaviors are we talking about?” she said. “For the most part, they’re not related directly to plotting attacks. They’re more subtle. For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home—becoming confrontational. Religious leaders might notice unexpected clashes over ideological differences. Teachers might hear a student expressing an interest in traveling to a conflict zone overseas. Or friends might notice a new interest in watching or sharing violent material.

“The government is rarely in a position to observe these early signals, so we need to do more to help communities understand the warning signs, and then work together to intervene before an incident can occur, while always respecting our core commitment to protecting privacy and civil liberties,” said Monaco. “During the past several years, that’s what we’ve attempted to do."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: fascism; monaco; monacolies; obama; obamalies

1 posted on 04/19/2014 9:50:54 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Everyone but Muslims are now suspects


2 posted on 04/19/2014 9:52:58 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Altura Ct.

This is about the most stupid analysis that I’ve seen from a government guy in years.


3 posted on 04/19/2014 9:53:22 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Altura Ct.
I noticed a sudden personality change in the dufus at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Can we send in SWAT now!?

4 posted on 04/19/2014 9:53:22 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: Altura Ct.

Take away video games, movies & leave the public school system. That should fix it.


5 posted on 04/19/2014 9:54:45 AM PDT by Digger
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To: Altura Ct.

I think I’m reading scifi but, sadly it’s not.

Where does Obama and Dems find these people.

Depending on their ages, kids change their personalities in seconds. Try reasoning with a two year old or a thirteen year old. (or my 90 year old mother!)

Get a grip, people!


6 posted on 04/19/2014 9:56:09 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: Altura Ct.

Maybe, just maybe, good parents already do watch for unexpected or sudden changes in their children, without the White House’s help. Or was that another America I once knew?


7 posted on 04/19/2014 9:58:21 AM PDT by Teacher317 (We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men)
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To: Altura Ct.

‘...laser-focused...”

BAHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!


8 posted on 04/19/2014 10:01:01 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Altura Ct.

In a related story LEGO....has announced the inclusion of an ACKED the Jihadist figure with each lego purchase

Parents are advised to see how their children Treat Ackmed....and forward all developments to the Bureau Of Lego Terrorist Management


9 posted on 04/19/2014 10:01:14 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Altura Ct.

I think there’s something to this.

Teenagers should be banned.


10 posted on 04/19/2014 10:04:10 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Altura Ct.

That’s what kids do. Hey DHS, my granddaughter spoke her first word. That may be suspicious. Better waterboard her.


11 posted on 04/19/2014 10:05:28 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Altura Ct.

So now we are creating a society in which parents are ratting out their children, presumably to the anti-terror bureaucrats, and children are ratting out their parents who have guns in the home, first to their pediatricians, who will dutifully pass on the info to the anti-terror doofazoids.

And, under See Something Say Something, neighbors ratting out one another.


12 posted on 04/19/2014 10:07:10 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Altura Ct.
WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children’

I believe the technical term for that is "becoming a teenager".

13 posted on 04/19/2014 10:08:14 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Altura Ct.
we recognize that there are limits to what the federal government can do,” said Monaco.

No! Impossible!

14 posted on 04/19/2014 10:08:53 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: All
President Obama has been laser-focused...

The only thing obammy is laser-focused on is the calendar for his next vacation.

15 posted on 04/19/2014 10:23:14 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children’

That has become a serious problem.


16 posted on 04/19/2014 10:23:16 AM PDT by Iron Munro (NSA reports Malaysia Flight 370 black box signals detected in Bermuda Triangle)
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

I don’t know why the progressives keep using the phrase ‘focused like a laser’ when the image that comes to mind is something destructive, like Goldfinger attempting to bisect James Bond or Governor Tarkin trying to get information out of Princess Leia. I think they probably understand the way Americans think less than they understand how markets work.


17 posted on 04/19/2014 10:23:49 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
The only thing obammy is laser-focused on is the calendar for his next vacation.

And maybe his BFF
18 posted on 04/19/2014 10:29:55 AM PDT by caveat emptor (!)
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To: Iron Munro

“Mmm...Mmm...Mmm...”


19 posted on 04/19/2014 10:31:13 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Are 14 year old girls with PMS considered terrorism threats now?


20 posted on 04/19/2014 10:32:23 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: Teacher317

What do they want us to do? Turn in our children to the regime because their behavior changes, I don’t think that’s happening. What a bunch of idiots. Gee, I wonder if the 2 princesses have had changes in their personalities?


21 posted on 04/19/2014 10:52:05 AM PDT by dandiegirl
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To: jmcenanly

Lol - true! Or, Dr. Evil and his ‘fricken sharks’!


22 posted on 04/19/2014 11:04:06 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: Altura Ct.
"developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,”

Unfortunately, with this administration, you are considered a violent extremist if you believe in the Constitution and limited government...

23 posted on 04/19/2014 11:05:32 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Altura Ct.

“President Obama has been laser-focused on...
(Insert trite overused cliche here.”

Also...developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States,”

What the heck does that mean?
Probably gun control...?


24 posted on 04/19/2014 11:09:30 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: steve86

Have you ever been in a classroom full of 14 year old girls with a whole lot of hormonal imbalances going on? I’d rather reason with terrorists. <^..^>


25 posted on 04/19/2014 11:10:02 AM PDT by grania
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To: Altura Ct.

Teenagers confrontational??? Gee, that has never happened! Clearly every person from 14-18 is a terrorist!


26 posted on 04/19/2014 11:11:11 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: jmcenanly

27 posted on 04/19/2014 11:13:02 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: grania

“Have you ever been in a classroom full of 14 year old girls with a whole lot of hormonal imbalances going on? “

A nightmare. :-)

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28 posted on 04/19/2014 11:13:04 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Altura Ct.
“President Obama has been laser-focused

Cats like to chase those things around, too.

29 posted on 04/19/2014 11:13:54 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Altura Ct.
Don't believe a word this guy says: it seems that all government agencies have been politicized by this administration.
30 posted on 04/19/2014 11:24:19 AM PDT by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: Altura Ct.

Apparently, the authors never had children of their own. When puberty strikes, it’s nothing but personality changes. Shall we automatically load kids up on pills at that age?

An excellent writer on the topic of drugs and kids is Alan Frances, MD, who was head of the DSM4 board and who is extremely upset about DSM5, which essentially provides diagnoses for everything your child does, thinks, or avoids. His latest article, NO CHILD LEFT UNDIAGNOSED is here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/no-child-left-undiagnosed_b_5139060.html

A quick quote from that essay: “Egged on by well meaning (and not so well meaning) experts and by greedy drug companies, we are fast approaching this dystopic wonderland of universal childhood mental illness.”


31 posted on 04/19/2014 11:24:31 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: GeronL

Liberals know down the line they will be caught for meddling with FOREIGN terrorists to get their campaigns started. Hence they will put laws attacking only DOMESTIC terrorists.

Legislation of “domestic violence” has implemented a legal lemming movement by the sheeple to naturally favor pimps and gangsters and corrupt politicians over families.

America’s voting public is disgusting to me these days, surrendering like this.


32 posted on 04/19/2014 11:28:15 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Teacher317

Well, kids are told to turn their parents in, so parents also getting the OK to turn their children in makes sense to me. Imagine 1970’s East Germany with limitless amounts of money and high tech!

I really hated the film “Fahrenheit 451”. So did Bradbury. Now...


33 posted on 04/19/2014 11:43:46 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Altura Ct.
I thought 0bama was laser-focused on the economy?

How many lasers does 0sharkboy have on his head?

34 posted on 04/19/2014 12:04:59 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: tet68

“including developing the first government-wide strategy to prevent violent extremism in the United States”

NSA Data-Gathering.


35 posted on 04/19/2014 12:14:51 PM PDT by ChicagahAl (Don't blame me. I voted for Sarah.)
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To: Altura Ct.

If only Stanley Dunham had done so.


36 posted on 04/19/2014 1:00:41 PM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: GeronL
Everyone but Muslims are now suspects

Yep - can't "profile" them or any of the most likely to kill us, but they encourage us to profile against citizens. Of course, they first try to corrupt the children with their brand of lawlessness and disgust for America, so who knows; they might be right to keep an eye on them - unless, of course, they vote Democrap, in which case they become a protected species.

37 posted on 04/20/2014 4:15:01 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: trebb

38 posted on 04/24/2014 10:51:53 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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