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‘Countering violent extremism’ or stepping on First Amendment rights?

Boston will be a launching site for the Department of Justice’s “countering violent extremism” (CVE) program. Yet the CVE model is not based on sound evidence. In the U.K., such programs have chilled Muslims’ freedom of speech and worship and have divided communities. How will CVE affect our city?

Join the ACLU of Massachusetts and the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University of Law for a community forum on civil liberties in the 'war on terror'.

WHEN: Friday, October 24, 2014 | 6-8PM

WHERE: Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, 100 Malcolm X Blvd., Boston, MA (directly across the street from the Roxbury Crossing stop on the MBTA Orange Line)

WHAT: A discussion with Mike German, Fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice. Moderated by ACLU of Massachusetts Board Member Shannon Erwin.

About the speaker: Mike German is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, which seeks to ensure that our government respects human rights and fundamental freedoms in conducting the fight against terrorism. Mr. German served 16 years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and undercover operations. He also served as a counterterrorism instructor at the FBI National Academy. Mr. German left the FBI in 2004 after reporting continuing deficiencies in FBI counterterrorism operations to Congress. He lectured on counterterrorism and intelligence matters and served as an adjunct professor for Law Enforcement and Terrorism at the National Defense University. He joined the ACLU Washington Legislative Office staff from 2006-2013. He is author of Thinking Like a Terrorist: Insights of a Former FBI Undercover Agent, published in 2007. Mr. German has a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University Law School, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.

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