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FBI Launches “Don’t Be a Puppet” Website


Mollie Halpern: The FBI launches a new website to help teenagers learn how to protect themselves against violent extremists trying to radicalize and recruit them.

The Don’t Be a Puppet website uses quizzes, videos, and interactive activities to teach teens how to recognize violent extremist propaganda and recruitment methods that groups like ISIL are using.

FBI Director James Comey says investigations show that violent extremists are targeting American teens through social media.

James Comey: Drawn by false messages of power or glory, vulnerable young people can become puppets used to help spread a message of hate.

Halpern: Tracy Miller, a supervisory intelligence analyst in the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism program, says the site encourages teens to exercise their critical thinking skills.

Miller: Turn away from those nefarious messages. Turn away from that violence that they’re asking you to commit. Cut those strings, do not be manipulated, and stand on your own two feet.

Halpern: The FBI developed the website for teenagers but welcomes any organization that wants to drive thoughtful discussions with young people on this issue to use it.

Miller: We’re just trying to make America safer.

Halpern: You can find the site at https://cve.fbi.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.


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