Following the deadly Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris last week, the Obama administration finally set a date for its global summit on dealing with “extremism.” However, the conclave will not be focusing on Western and Arab governments’ support for extreme jihadists in Libya, Syria, and beyond; or on extreme gun-control schemes that left French citizens defenseless in the face of terrorism last week; or on extreme anti-free-speech policies purporting to ban criticism of Islam pushed by the United Nations, the European Union, and the Socialist French government. Instead, the White House “extremism” summit will focus primarily on expanding the power of governments and international bureaucracies — including further censorship of the Internet — under the guise of waging a more vigorous terror war.
Obama’s outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, currently in criminal contempt of Congress for instigating the extreme policy of arming Mexican drug cartels to justify gun conrol and then trying to cover it up, announced the February 18 “Summit on Countering Violent Extremism” over the weekend following the Charlie Hebdo attack. “We will bring together all of our allies to discuss ways in which we can counteract this violent extremism that exists around the world,” Holder told reporters. He did not say whether counteracting violent extremism would include an end to U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons shipments and training for Islamic extremists and terrorists working on the Obama-backed “regime change” operation against the relatively secular dictatorship ruling Syria.
However, the White House indicated that the gathering next month would focus on other matters. “The summit will include representatives from a number of partner nations, focusing on the themes of community engagement, religious leader engagement, and the role of the private sector and tech community,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. “Through presentations, panel discussions, and small group interactions, participants will build on local, state, and federal government; community; and international efforts to better understand, identify, and prevent the cycle of radicalization to violence at home in the United States and abroad.”
The event will also serve to “highlight domestic and international efforts to prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring individuals or groups in the United States and abroad to commit acts of violence,” Earnest continued. This likely means continuing and expanding efforts, which The New American reported on late last year, to further empower the dictator-dominated and terror-linked United Nations, the controversial “international law enforcement” agency known as INTERPOL, and more. The Obama spokesman said anti-extremism schemes were “even more imperative” after recent attacks in Ottawa, Sydney, and Paris.
Radical Islam and jihad were never mentioned in the administration’s announcements about its summit. However, in official documents, the federal government in recent years has regularly and repeatedly identified pro-lifers, veterans, states’ rights activists, constitutionalists, libertarians, people concerned about illegal immigration, national sovereignty supporters, those “reverent of individual liberty,” individuals who are “suspicious of centralized authority,” and others as potentially dangerous and violent extremists. Last year, the Obama Defense Department was even exposed teaching U.S. troops that evangelical Christians, Catholics, Orthodox Jews, and others were “extremists,” alongside of terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Hamas.
Details about the upcoming White House extremism summit remain scarce, and information about which governments, dictatorships, and self-styled transnational “authorities” might participate has not been released yet. However, numerous officials have offered some hints as to what the event is likely to focus on. The Obama administration, for example, speaking in vague generalities, indicated that its extremism strategy involved confronting extremism in individual neighborhoods by “integrating” social services, education, “mental health,” religion, and law enforcement into a giant hammer to seek out and destroy “extremism” wherever it may be found.
Other governments almost certain to participate have also offered clues about where the emerging global war on extremism is headed. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve with the Socialist Party-run French government, for example, unveiled a long list of new Big Government plans to stamp out “extremism” that entail cracking down further on free speech and free inquiry. “We need to work more closely with Internet companies to guarantee the reporting and if possible removal of all illegal content that amounts to an apology of terrorism or calls for violence and hatred,” he explained. He also proposed a new global travel regime to “put in place better control on certain passengers,” along with more tools for tracking and surveillance of people worldwide.
Fellow EU governments have also offered some strong hints about the emerging war on “extremism” that the establishment is pushing, exploiting many of the problems it helped foment. In October, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron called for the UN to lead a global battle against what he called “non-violent extremism.” According to Cameron, waging war on violent extremism is no longer enough — a global war on unapproved opinions and beliefs must be carried out also. If you question the government narrative about terror attacks such as the one that occurred on September 11, or believe in religious prophecies about the End Times, or dispute the legitimacy of your rulers, or hold any sort of views that politicians consider “extremist,” watch out.
More recently, U.K. authorities unveiled yet another extreme scheme under the guise fighting extremism: the conscription of nannies, nursery-school workers, and kindergarten teachers in the war to ferret out toddlers with the potential to become “extreme” at some point in the future. Obama has similar plans involving the use of government schools. Regarding the Internet, Cameron also declared that Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other companies have a “responsibility” to take down “extreme” and “harmful” material while ensuring that the World Wide Web does not remain an “ungoverned space.”
Top non-governmental globalists have chimed in with the politicians, as well, demanding further attacks on liberty under the guise of fighting extremism and terror. Global government-promoting Council on Foreign Relations boss Richard Haass, for instance, agreeing with the British spy chief, wasted no time in declaring on Twitter that humanity must surrender what little remains of individual privacy for the cause of “collective security.”
Ironically, in 2012, the CFR was openly celebrating al-Qaeda’s crucial role in the establishment-backed “regime change” machinations underway in Syria. Before that, the Obama administration, with strong globalist support, armed and backed actual al-Qaeda leaders in the overthrow of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
One might be forgiven for assuming that the White House-organized “extremism” conference for governments would focus on the Obama administration’s support for Islamist terrorist groups — and the supposed “anti-ISIS” coalition’s financing and support for ISIS admitted by at least two of Obama’s top officials — or the administration's efforts to run roughshod over American liberties, since the administration is arming jihadists and undermining human rights in extremist behavior of its own. Just here at home, the Obama Justice Department, has been a hotbed of Fast and Furious extremism in recent years. Last year, it was exposed working with the extremist Southern Poverty Law Center in targeting Americans for their political views. Last month, it was criticized for funding a group linked to an extremist rap video glorifying and encouraging the murder of police officers. Before that, Attorney General Holder came under fire for an extremist DOJ “memo” purporting to legally justify the assassination of anyone on Earth via drone strike, including Americans, merely on the president’s orders — without criminal charges, a trial, a jury, or even a semblance of respect for due process rights. Persecuting whistleblowers, spying on journalists, lying about arming Mexican cartels, and numerous other Justice Department actions have also been described as extreme by lawmakers and critics.
Of course, humanity would be much better served by a White House summit focusing on extremism in government, which continues to grow in the United States and across the world and represents a far greater threat to safety, well-being, and liberty than terrorists ever could.
Instead, though, under the guise of battling global “extremism,” governments are in reality plotting to wage even more war on national sovereignty and the rights of citizens. As the Founding Fathers advised, the American people should reject the temptation to surrender their liberty in exchange for illusions of safety. If they do not, in the end, Americans will be left with neither.
Alex Newman, a foreign correspondent for The New American, is normally based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @ALEXNEWMAN_JOU. He can be reached at