Irony Alert: London Tube Bomber Was Enrolled in 'Deradicalization' Program

So, how'd that work out?

The still-unnamed Iraqi refugee who tried to set off an IED on the London underground last Friday has already been arrested (as have a few other suspects), and in a grim twist of irony, now we learn that the bombing suspect was actually part of the UK's PREVENT "deradicalization" program, according to terrorism expert Patrick Poole at PJ Media.

The BBC reported that the 18-year-old suspect is believed to have moved to the UK from Iraq at the age of 15 when his parents died, and lived in a foster home in Sunbury-on-Thames.

Apparently he had been referred to a CVE (countering violent extremism) program, likely the one known as PREVENT, before his arrest. PREVENT is managed locally by multi-agency teams of social workers, police officers and other specialists.

Poole and others have called out the PREVENT "deradicalization" program in the past for its ineffectiveness. Some in the Muslim community have attacked it too -- as "Islamophobic," of course.

Across Europe these CVE programs have been "a massive failure," writes Poole, who then lists some examples:

In Australia last year, one teen who was part of their government's "deradicalization" program was arrested for plotting a terror attack.

The Justice Department has hired former ISIS operatives as part of its own "deradicalization" programs. But U.S. government-funded efforts have already been a failure.

A program funded by the Department of Homeland Security established in Minnesota - the state with the largest number of ISIS recruits nationwide - had one of their "deradicalizaton" program participants attempt to join ISIS.

Even worse, he was the "deradicalization" program executive director's nephew.

After the failures of our own such programs, Poole concludes, "we're now importing failed programs from Europe."

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