Boston Civic Leaders In Washington To Discuss Violent Extremism

Download Audio

As Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — the accused Boston Marathon bomber — faces trial in Boston, there's a conference Wednesday at the White House that has particular significance to this city.

It's a summit drawing people from around the country, including Boston, to look at ways to counter violent extremism: to ask, what compels young people to join violent causes? And how can we prevent them from attacking the U.S. or going overseas to fight?

It has relevance to Boston, but in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, the murder of journalists in Syria and the slaughter of Christians in Libya, it also has relevance around the world.


Bryan Bender, Boston Globe reporter who covers global terrorism. He tweets @GlobeBender.

Yusufi Vali, executive director of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. He tweets @YusufiVali.


Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's Office: A Framework For Prevention And Intervention Strategies

  • "As U.S. Attorney, I was honored that the Greater Boston region was chosen by the White House to be one of only three pilot locations in the country to develop an approach to enhance our efforts at preventing violent extremism."

The Washington Post: Trying To Counter Extremism At Home, U.S. Faces A Risk: Sowing More Mistrust

  • "The three-day gathering, which has been in the works since the fall but has attracted significant attention in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and elsewhere, will launch a new U.S. framework aimed at preventing potential extremists from launching strikes in the United States or joining the fight overseas."

Cognoscenti: Is Your Child’s Bad Attitude A Predictor Of Terrorism? A New Federal Pilot Program In Boston Wants To Know

  • "Can you imagine if your children’s teachers, your clergy, your health professionals and other social service providers might secretly be 'rating' you and your family in order to file secret reports to the Department of Homeland Security?"

The Boston Globe: Islamic Leader Says U.S. Officials Unfairly Target Muslims

  • "A top Muslim leader in Boston who has been assisting US Attorney Carmen Ortiz craft programs to identify potential homegrown terrorists is dissenting from a report being presented at a White House summit this week, saying the effort is “exclusively targeting the American Muslim community.”

This segment aired on February 18, 2015.


More from Radio Boston

Listen Live