R.A. Bloomfield

September 14, 2021

Anti-White Supremacy Program Reinforces White Supremacy

Terrorism is not contagious. It seems like an obvious statement, but it‚Äôs one belied by language about ‚Äúterrorist radicalization.‚ÄĚ National security discourse continually resurrects the myth that there is a traceable path to terrorism that starts with adoption of ideology
August 11, 2021

The Legacy of Atomic McCarthyism

This week marks 76 years since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Japanese cities. (Friday was the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima; Monday was the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.) We remember the victims of Hiroshima and
August 4, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws Pt. 4: The War on Terror’s Education Division

Our schools are battlegrounds. At least, that‚Äôs how DHS sees them.¬† Letting the national security state run rampant through schools creates what Nicole Nguyen calls ‚Äúschool securitization.‚ÄĚ Students, socialized into a world of threats around every corner, learn to fear
July 29, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws Pt. 3: Fighting The Stalker State

For a decade, activists from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition have fought on the front lines to oppose further expansion of what they term the ‚Äústalker state.‚ÄĚ Members of the Coalition join us to deconstruct national security mythology and reappraise
July 22, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws, Pt. 2: Muslim Activists Call BS on Biden

Why are Muslim-led organizations leading the fight against Biden’s anti-white supremacy counterterrorism strategy? Because his strategy just reheats the CVE program, an insidious form of psychological warfare that has deeply harmed Muslim communities. As the national security state strong-armed community
July 14, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws Pt. 1: What is CVE/CP3? The ‚ÄėPath to Violence‚Äô Myth

We all know that white supremacist violence is a grave threat. But the Biden administration’s approach to addressing white supremacist violence leaves much to be desired. Its tactics aren’t anything new: the CP3 program resurrects debunked CVE strategies. Far from
June 28, 2021

Guide to the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

By Cody Bloomfield On June 15, the Biden Administration released a National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The new strategy increases data collection and information sharing, raises the specter of internet censorship, creates new offices for ‚Äúpreventing recruitment and mobilization,‚ÄĚ
June 16, 2021

It’s Not Just About Assange, It’s About Press Freedom

It’s fitting that an event in support of Julian Assange took place on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers. The court cases surrounding the publication of the Pentagon Papers once laid bare the lengths the government
June 8, 2021

Reporter Surveillance and the Espionage Act: The Government’s War on Disclosure

By Cody Bloomfield Earlier this year, news broke that Trump‚Äôs Department of Justice had subpoenaed reporters‚Äô phone records. Biden condemned this seizure of journalists‚Äô records, calling it ‚Äúsimply wrong.‚ÄĚ Biden promised that his DOJ would not pursue journalists‚Äô records. Yet
June 7, 2021

A Rose By Any Other Name: Biden Ends TVTP By Renaming It CP3

By Cody Bloomfield On the campaign trail, Biden promised to end the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Program (TVTP). He did… by recycling the same broken countering violent extremism framework into a new counterterrorism grant program. Under Biden‚Äôs DHS, TVTP
May 14, 2021

We Should Never Forget the Lessons of the Jackson State Massacre

By Cody Bloomfield May 14, 2021 On May 15, 1970, police fired over 400 bullets and pieces of deershot into a student dorm at the predominantly Black Jackson State University. Police originally mobilized on campus in response to student protests;
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