Australia: Multi-million-dollar taxpayer-funded “deradicalization” helpline “failing to gain traction”

Taxpayer, call Anne Aly and demand your money back!

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Deradicalization programs, upon which the West has placed so much hope, have long been an obvious failure. Such programs are based on the premise that the true teachings of Islam are peaceful, and so all that needs to be done is show the jihadis how they’re misunderstanding the Qur’an and overlooking its teachings of peace, and all will be well. But since the Qur’an and Sunnah are full of commands to make war against and subjugate unbelievers, the idea that jihadis can be “deradicalized” by reference to them is just a myth told to Infidel authorities to lull them into complacency.

Well, let’s see. De-radicalization programs have been implemented elsewhere, notably in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia. Let’s look at how they fared. From the Jihad Watch archives:

Gitmo prisoner reveals: Saudi “deradicalization program” is really a jihad training program

11 ex-Gitmo prisoners flee the Saudi “rehabilitation program” and join up with terrorist groups

Jaw-dropper: 25 former Gitmo detainees “return to militancy” despite Saudi rehab program!

Graduate from Saudi jihadi rehab program killed in Syrian jihad: “killed a large number of Christians before his acceptance by God”

Flight 253 jihadist wasn’t cured by Saudi anti-jihad art therapy

Former Guantanamo detainee now top al-Qaeda ideologue — “He was transferred to Saudi Arabia in 2006 where he was placed in a national rehabilitation project.”

Indonesian government admits that its jihadist rehab program is a failure

France’s only jihadi “deradicalization” center is closing — it was voluntary, and it was empty

“Deradicalisation helpline Step Together receives ‘around five calls in two months,’” by James Thomas,, September 27, 2017:

A multi-million-dollar government helpline set up to support people worried their family or friends may be at risk of violent extremism appears to be failing to gain traction.

The Step Together helpline was launched in June by the New South Wales Minister for Counter Terrorism, David Elliot.

Costing $3.9 million over three years, the initiative is part of a $47 million program designed to fight radicalisation following the murder of NSW police accountant Curtis Cheng.

The helpline markets itself as an advice and counselling service, and is staffed by professional counsellors seven days a week from 7:00am to 9:00pm.

But Mr Elliot has confirmed the helpline had only received “around five phone calls” in the two months since its launch.

One source, who spoke to the ABC on condition of anonymity, said: “It costs millions, but only a few people have called it. One call was a wrong number, the other was a parent worried their kid was dating a Muslim.”

Prominent Muslim community leaders have also told the ABC they warned the NSW Government the helpline was unlikely to be trusted if it was linked to intelligence gathering or policing agencies.

Despite this, Mr Elliott said the Government expected the low volume of calls to increase, “as the marketing efforts gradually expand”.

He added that the associated website had received 800 hits.

Mr Elliot refused to say when the expanded marketing would take place or whether it would cost more money.

The Minister insisted the helpline had the support of the community.

“Early response from a number of community organisations about Step Together have been positive and many have appreciated being engaged about the initiative,” he said.
What did our readers think about the Step Together helpline failing to gain traction, and how did they think the government initiative could garner more trust?

Helpline viewed with suspicion in Muslim community

But prominent members of Sydney’s Muslim community, and terrorism experts have told the ABC a different story.

“In theory it ticks the boxes. In reality, and in the streets of south-west Sydney, nobody is going to use this helpline because, they don’t trust it,” Dr Jamal Rifi said from his medical practice in the Sydney suburb of Belmore.

“We have always said that such an initiative needs to be arm’s length from security agencies [and] from police.”

The helpline is run by an independent contractor but Dr Rifi said launching it under the Ministry for Counter Terrorism meant the service was doomed.

“I doubt it very much — people [using] this hotline … it is going to be seen as embedded to the anti-terror sphere rather than the health, preventative-action sphere,” he said.

An expert in de-radicalisation at the Australian National University, Dr Clarke Jones, said authorities were focusing on the wrong things.

“Everything to do with Muslim communities is to do with security and intelligence,” he said. “Life doesn’t work like that.

“You’ll find there’s much more problems around domestic violence and youth suicide, drug and alcohol offending. Violent extremism may be less than 1 per cent.

Dr Jones wants governments to tackle the symptoms that lead to radicalisation.

“If you put money towards social services or building community capacity, the outcome would be better. In fact, you’d reduce the chances of violent extremism,” he said….

This is a common myth. In reality, study after study has shown that poverty doesn’t cause terrorism, and therefore social services will not end terrorism. But the money will, of course, not be refused.

4 thoughts on “Australia: Multi-million-dollar taxpayer-funded “deradicalization” helpline “failing to gain traction””

  1. “Staffed by professional counsellors 7 days a week”. Well, wouldn’t that be an easy job.
    Any idea who these well paid counsellors might be?

  2. Anne Azza Aly (born 29 March 1967)
    Everybody knows what she is …

    An islam
    A Vile Putrid Malevolent Deceitful Vicious Criminal
    (by default)

    So why is this female thing
    (she can never be a woman)
    still free to walk around this great country of ours !

    Anne Azza Aly has to be either …
    (and the rest of her ilk … as well as her gang of islamophiles)
    (this one is not a better option) … or
    (not a wanted ongoing expense) or …
    (the better only real solution for islamophiles and islams)

    islams … (a human sub-species infected with the islam mind virus)
    being the largest (through intimidation) criminal gang on Earth !
    islamophiles … (an even stupider partly islam mind virus infected human sub-species)
    being criminal non-islams who adore everything islam !
    humans … (the normal person)
    being the source of the the extermination of the islamophile and the islam as a self preservation imperative !
    (now you understand why the islamophile and the islam losers hate humans so)

  3. At least Dr Jones said one thing that was coherant; “treat the symptoms that lead to radicalisation.”If the good doctor did some background reading, he might find that the one common symptom shared by all “radicals”is religious piety, regular mosque attendance and a sound knowledge of Islam’s hateful scriptures.
    Our universities must be in a parlous state when clowns with no deductive reasoning skills, like Dr Clarke Jones, can hold down a job.

  4. Re: “Anne Azza Aly” …. seriously?! A muslima has this name?!
    Azil means Anally. She is a product of this procreation method?

    Anne Aly – anally?! You just can’t make this shit up, can you?!

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