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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.
- "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 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."
- "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?"
- "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.
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