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H.R. 1250 (115th): Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 28, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1250

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2017

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to use the testimonials of former violent extremists or their associates in order to counter terrorist recruitment, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Combating Terrorist Recruitment Act of 2017.

2.

Directive

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall incorporate, to the extent practicable, into Department of Homeland Security efforts to combat terrorist recruitment and communications the public testimonials of former violent extremists or their associates, including friends and family. Such efforts may include the following:

(1)

Counter-messaging of foreign terrorist organization communications and narratives.

(2)

Related community engagement and public education efforts.

(b)

Coordination

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall coordinate the efforts described in subsection (a) with the heads of other Federal departments and agencies, as appropriate, and, to the extent practicable, engage nongovernmental and international partners in the identification and use of testimonials described in such subsection.

(c)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this Act may be construed to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to collect testimonials directly from former violent extremists or their associates, including friends and family.