JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is setting up shared responsibility committees in New Jersey to help stop home-grown terrorism.
WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported this partnership between communities and the FBI looks to use identification and mental health counseling as tools to those who might head down a path of extremism.READ MORE: 2-Year-Old Shot In The Head In Newark
The committees would include community leaders, clergy members and mental health professionals whose goal would be to identify those who might support terrorist activities and stopping it before ideas turn into plans.READ MORE: De Blasio Says Solution To Spike In Gun Violence Is Courts, Economy And COVID Recovery; Security Expert Throws 'The BS Flag' On That
This would be someone who’s expressed support for a terrorist group, either in a community meeting or online.
The Record reported that some in the Muslim community in New Jersey are worried that this program will effectively turn community members into government informants.MORE NEWS: Road To Reopening: Newark Public Schools Welcome Students Back For In-Person Classes
The FBI said this initiative is about heading off extremism before law enforcement gets involved.