DHS Grant Funds $374,996 ‘True-Crime’ Podcast Presenting Actual Cases of ‘Targeted Violence and Terrorism’

Micky Wootten | September 23, 2022 | 3:28pm EDT
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(CNS News) – As part of its Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Program (TVTP), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is awarding an organization $374,996 to create eight episodes of a true-crime podcast examining cases of planned violence.

In a September 14 press release, the DHS announced that it has awarded $20 million in total grants to “43 organizations working to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.”

According to the list of grants for fiscal year 2022, an organization named Muflehun is receiving a $374,996.00 to create a “true-crime genre series” titled “The Tackle! Podcast.” With the awarded funds, Muflehun is expected to create the podcast’s “first season consisting of eight episodes.”

Categorized under “Raising Societal Awareness” and “Bystander Training,” the podcast will present true stories of both successful and thwarted targeted violence and terrorism attacks.

“[E]ach episode will be built on a well-researched case of a real incident that has occurred, with the history of the planned attack and the perpetrator, and interviews woven in from multiple individuals relevant to the story,” the project’s description explains.

The “Who We Are” section of Muflehun’s website says the company’s mission is to “increase social resilience”:

“Muflehun is a resource center, at the nexus of society, security and technology. Working with stakeholders we design contextualized solutions to complex social challenges. Our objective is to increase social resilience.”

Muflehun lists “focus areas”:

  • “Preventing Extremism,”
  • “Accelerating Equity,”
  • “Increasing Stability,”
  • “Climate Opportunity.”

The podcasts will incorporate Muflehun’s pre-existing “Tackle! Upstander Training curriculum.” According to the podcast’s description, this training “will be mapped onto the case studies, raising awareness of a sub-category of domestic terrorism and targeted violence, examining the risk and protective factors that existed in the perpetrator’s life, and the behavioral indicators that were present and could have been/were acted upon by upstanders.”

“The Tackle! Upstander Training,” is one of Muflehun’s three “selected projects,” according to its website. The Training aims to increase community leaders’ awareness “of the threat of targeted violence and domestic terrorism, recognize bigotry (anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim), and increase their knowledge of what steps to take to prevent domestic terrorism and violent extremism in their respective communities.”

In its description, Muflehun acknowledges that The Tackle! Upstander Training “was made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships.”

The Tackle! Podcast is projected to reach an audience of “20,000 unique listeners” within the “35-54 year-old age group” and to garner “at least 200,000 targeted impressions.”

The podcast’s “geographic focus” is described as “difficult to reach, small and medium population size communities in the Northeast I-95 corridor,” where Muflehun is already operating, as well as “the Pacific Northwest region.”

The 43 grant announced in the September 14 DHS press release were awarded through the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2022. TVTP is operated by the DHS Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Competition for next year’s TVTP grants is scheduled to open in Spring of 2023.

According to DHS, TVTP “provides funding for state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofits, and institutions of higher education with funds to establish or enhance capabilities to prevent targeted violence and terrorism.”

The Department of Homeland Security was established in the wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks by Congress’ passage of the Homeland Security Act in November 2002. The department was created by “combining 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified, integrated Cabinet agency.”

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