Analysis

Can Counselors Cure Would-be Terrorists? The UK Gives it a Try
A French special police force prepares to enter an apartment in the 17th arrondissement of Paris on April 8, 2012 where an entrenched man said he wanted to do 'like Mohamed Merah,' the killer of Toulouse, according to police sources. (THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
April 24, 2012
| Security
| Africa, Europe
Summary
Andy Polk, director of LIGNET’s London office, said this week in an interview that while the United States and the UK cooperate in fighting homegrown terrorism, the UK has more experience with radical ideologies, and a more targeted way of dealing with would-be terrorists.
“The British have an intervention system,” said Polk. “So when they find someone who’s vulnerable or who is radicalizing there’s actually a program that they can put them into, they can have a counselor who challenges world views.”

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