RPT: FBI Will Offer Counseling to Potential Terror Suspects
The FBI reportedly plans to offer therapy to potential ISIS supporters, according to the Wall Street Journal.
An official involved in the new approach told the Wall Street Journal that up to 10 percent of potential terror suspects will be recommended for counseling instead of arrest.
Still, the FBI will continue its criminal investigations into the people who have been referred for counseling.
The FBI would also be ready to make arrests if individuals undergoing counseling are deemed increasingly dangerous.
Proponents of the intervention model say it provides a possible “off ramp” from radicalization and addresses a hard truth: The FBI cannot effectively investigate all of the thousands of Americans who are believed to be interested in Islamic State, also known as ISIS.
The challenge is particularly acute for teenage suspects, because the federal criminal justice system is poorly equipped to prosecute minors, officials said.