House passes bill seeking to counter extremists’ recruiting pitches

By Julia Harte WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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. 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.

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