In Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, federal anti-terror programs stoke community interest and criticism
A trio of federal pilot projects aimed at thwarting violent extremism are off to a tentative start.
Minneapolis and two other cities chosen to host the Department of Justice anti-terror initiative are taking different approaches, but all three are facing common hurdles.
Community critics have pushed back, arguing the pilot projects train a damaging spotlight on Muslim communities and mainly seek to keep tabs on them. A lawsuit last week charges the feds have withheld documents that could shed more light on the initiative.