Strong Cities Network will foster collaboration to fight violent extremism, US attorney general says
Posted Sep 30, 2015 07:16 am CDT
Four U.S. municipalities are participating in a new group, the Strong Cities Network, which aims to fight violent extremism through international collaboration between cities.
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch joined with other world leaders to announce the global network, according the New York Observer, the New York Times, Al Jazeera America and Justice Department press releases here and here. New York City will participate in the network, which also includes Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis, Paris, London, Montreal, Beirut and Oslo, according to the Strong Cities Network website.
“Through the Strong Cities Network … we (plan) to bring together cities around the world … to pool resources, and to forge partnerships in order to build local cohesion and resilience on a global scale. …”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio … said the most powerful way to counter violent extremism is to address intolerance.
The network will conduct workshops and training … best practices … grants …
The network will … be run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, described in the press release as a “leading international ‘think-and-do’ tank” that fights violent extremism.
(One wonders, given de Blasio’s comments above, whether the think-tank mauvens promote fighting extremism by suppressing intolerance by force? At any rate, this is an attempt to germinate a supranational police force on U.S. soil. Will this force have “legal” authority over you and me? Under who’s authority can they do this? Is that authority just? Will that authority uphold American values? Will it uphold the rights of the sovereign individual? The UN doesn’t. Will it reflect shariah law? The UN does. Is it any coincidence that this police force will be brought into our cities at the same time as the Syrian refugees, while U.S. intelligence says that these refugees will be heavily salted with “violent extremists?” Will this police force protect us from these “violent extremists” in the same way that Western powers protected Assad from ISIL? We really won’t like where they take this.)