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Tue Apr 26, 2016, 08:48 PM

House passes bill seeking to counter extremists' recruiting pitches

Source: Reuters

Politics | Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:53pm EDT

House passes bill seeking to counter extremists' recruiting pitches

WASHINGTON | BY JULIA HARTE

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a measure that would for the first time require the Homeland Security department to use testimonials from former extremists to counter recruiting messages from militant groups.

“Terrorists are radicalizing our citizens online and across borders, which is why we need this legislation," said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul.

The measure was approved 322 to 79.

International allies of the United States such as Britain have long used testimony by disillusioned former extremists to discourage young people from joining militant groups. Despite support for the technique from U.S. officials including President Barack Obama, the United States has not used it.

Lawmakers clashed because the proposal suggests using testimonials to counter "foreign terrorist organizations" but does not mention domestic extremists.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-extremists-bill-idUSKCN0XO02E

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