Trump’s “f-train stops” to combat terrorism may help prevent more terror attacks
The “f” train stops” have been a staple of the Trump administration’s strategy for countering the spread of terrorism, but critics have questioned whether they are actually helping.
In a report released Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) National Security Project said the Trump Administration has been using the tactic for several years, and said it could potentially lead to “increased terrorist attacks, including acts of violence, because of the widespread use of the program.”
The report noted that during President Barack Obama’s administration, “the Obama administration used the f-train program to target people who were linked to domestic terrorism.”
“The Trump administration is using the program the same way the Obama Administration used it.” “
In the Obama administration, the FBI has used the program to detain and track people on terrorist watch lists, including many Muslims,” the report said.
“The Trump administration is using the program the same way the Obama Administration used it.”
The Trump Administration’s use of a federal “f”-train program, the ACLU said, could “result in significant and potentially dangerous increases in terrorism and violence.”
The FBI and other federal agencies use the tactic to stop the radicalization of people, but the ACLU found that it does not “ensure that the targeted individuals do not return to their communities or pose a threat to the public.”
The organization pointed to a 2016 report from the RAND Corporation that found that “focusing on the people who might have radicalized someone would likely result in the wrong targeting.”
The agency has said that it has used “facial recognition technology to identify individuals with suspected radicalization and use facial recognition to identify those who might engage in violent activity, such as terrorism or gang-related violence.”
During the 2016 presidential election, Trump called for a crackdown on the Muslim community, but later said that he would not ban all Muslims from entering the country.
The ACLU found the Trump plan would have a “dramatic” impact on communities of color, as it would allow the government to target Muslim-Americans more broadly.
The report also said that Trump’s plan to use a “federal-state fusion center” to target the Muslim population could result in “largely unanticipated consequences,” as the FBI could be asked to work with other federal entities to conduct surveillance on individuals they are monitoring.
Trump has previously defended the “f,” train stops, saying that he was not referring to them as a “bomb,” but instead to a “training exercise.”
“You know, if we had done it, we would have been in trouble a long time ago,” he said.
The New York Times reports that the “terrorist train” is a new initiative that the FBI began operating last year in the hopes of increasing the effectiveness of its efforts.
The FBI was already working with law enforcement agencies across the country, such the Chicago Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Gatos Police Department to implement the program, and also “worked closely with the military and private contractors to train law enforcement officers.”
In a statement, the Department of Homeland Security said the “train stops are focused on individuals who are considered at-risk and are planning terrorist attacks.”
The department said that the train stops “provide critical information to law enforcement, which can help identify, disrupt and prevent the terrorist attacks that could result from an attack.”