Skip to comments.WH Counterterror Chief: Parents Need to Watch for ‘Sudden Personality Changes in Their Children’
Posted on 04/19/2014 9:50:54 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
In a speech delivered at Harvard Universitys 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 actionlocal communities.
Local communities are the most powerful asset we have in the struggle against violence and violent extremism, she said. Weve crunched the data on this. In the more than 80 percent of cases involving homegrown violent extremists, people in the communitywhether peers or family members or authority figures or even strangershad 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 its not that the clues werent there, its that they werent 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, theyre not related directly to plotting attacks. Theyre more subtle. For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at homebecoming 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, thats what weve attempted to do."
Everyone but Muslims are now suspects
This is about the most stupid analysis that I’ve seen from a government guy in years.
Can we send in SWAT now!?
Take away video games, movies & leave the public school system. That should fix it.
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!
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?
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
I think there’s something to this.
Teenagers should be banned.
That’s what kids do. Hey DHS, my granddaughter spoke her first word. That may be suspicious. Better waterboard her.
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.
I believe the technical term for that is "becoming a teenager".
The only thing obammy is laser-focused on is the calendar for his next vacation.
That has become a serious problem.
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.
Are 14 year old girls with PMS considered terrorism threats now?
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