This week The Intercept revealed a rating system that the US government encourages social workers, teachers and law enforcement workers to use to detect potential terrorists.
The ranking system is “supposed to alert US government officials to individuals at risk of turning to radical violence, and to families or communities at risk of incubating extremist ideologies.”
The system detailed in a 36-page internal government document obtained by the digital magazine was put together by the National Counterterrorism Center and is part of a wider government strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, which calls for local community and religious leaders to work together with law enforcement and government agencies.
The White House is currently hosting an international 3-day summit on Countering Violent Extremism with representatives from over 60 countries.
Under categories like “Expressions of Hopelessness, Futility,” “Talk of Harming Self or Others,” and “Connection to Group Identity (Race, Nationality, Religion, Ethnicity),” the ranking system asks teachers, social workers and police officers to rank individuals from 1 to 5.
While reading the document at Global Voices, we couldn't help but laugh out loud because of the reductive approach of the survey. We decided to make our own quiz based on the simplistic assumptions the National Counterterrorism Center made, in its ranking system.