Defense attorneys for the seven Somali-American terror suspects are good lawyers working hard for little pay. But the government has stacked the deck in favor of the prosecution, increasing the likelihood of plea deals before trial.
Formed by Congressmen Keith Ellison and Tom Emmer, the Congressional Somalia Caucus is pure symbolism. Minnesota's Somali community needs its representatives to focus on more concrete issues and problem-solving.
A hastily written report for the Department of Homeland Security by the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California adds insult to an injured Somali community.
The recent arrest of six Somali-American young men, suspected of trying to join an overseas terror organization, has triggered a flood of emotions in Minnesota's Somali community. Now community leaders are floating proposals to help everyone cope with these emotions.
CAIR-MN has spoken loud and clear on risks. Minnesota's Somali community has received the message. It's time to proceed with a risk mitigation plan that prohibits grantees, grantors and law enforcement agents from leveraging the program to gather intelligence.
Political mechanization with the goal of securing funding is a nobble enterprise for Minneapolis Public Schools. But its calculus on the Counter Violent Extremism pilot program, which targets Somali-American children, is dangerous.