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Cablegate: Counter-Terrorism -- S/Ct Ambassadors Fund

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UNCLAS JAKARTA 000748

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
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DEPT FOR EAP, EAP/MTS, EAP/MLS, S/CT
S/CT FOR EMILY GOLDMAN, ALDRAY ALKEN
NSC FOR E. PHU

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL PGOV PTER ID
SUBJECT: COUNTER-TERRORISM -- S/CT AMBASSADORS FUND
PROPOSALS

REF: A. STATE 20081
B. JAKARTA 545

1. (U) This message was coordinated with ConGen Surabaya.
It is Sensitive but Unclassified -- Please handle accordingly.

2. (SBU) SUMMARY: Mission submits two proposals to S/CT
for consideration under the Ambassadors Counterterrorism Fund
solicitation (reftel). One proposal requests $45,000 to
support the sponsoring of a series of sports diplomacy
clinics on the island of Sulawesi, a former conflict area.
The other proposal seeks $50,000 in support of the Indonesian
prison system and terrorist deradicalization programs. Brief
descriptions of these two proposals follow below. More
comprehensive versions of the proposals have been e-mailed to
S/CT. RSI Coordinator has been briefed on the proposals.
END SUMMARY.

3. (SBU) Mission's two proposals for S/CT Ambassadors
Counterterrorism funding consideration follow:

-- A) SPORTS DIPLOMACY CLINICS: Mission proposes a series of
sports diplomacy clinics to be held in former conflict areas
of Indonesia. The clinics--which will teach soccer
techniques (soccer is the most popular sport in
Indonesia)--will focus on the island of Sulawesi. Areas of
the island have struggled with extremist and sectarian
violence over the years. Areas such as Poso, central
Sulawesi, were seen by Islamic jihadists as a training ground
to gain combat experience, for example. Parts of Sulawesi
also serve as maritime transit routes for terrorists who
shuttle back-and-forth between Indonesia, the Philippines and
Malaysia.

While the past few years have seen a decline in sectarian
violence, the promotion of good community relations in the
region is an important key toward helping prevent a return to
violence. This program proposes to utilize soccer clinics as
a vehicle for providing information to youths from all
communities re the threat of terrorism and extremism and the
importance of tolerance and law enforcement. The Indonesian
National Police would implement the program. The estimated
cost of the program is $45,321.

-- B) MANAGEMENT OF TERRORIST PRISONERS: Mission also
proposes to support an initiative by the Directorate General
(DG) for Prisons to create a set of guidelines for the
handling of terrorists in prison. The proposal would create
an interagency team led by the DG's office that would include
representatives from the police, the Department of Religion,
and academia. The team would survey conditions in several
prisons with significant terrorist populations, consult with
experts and deradicalized former terrorists, and produce a
guidebook which would be replicated for use by prison
officials.

The guidelines would focus on two main themes: improving
security and surveillance of terrorist prisoners and
fostering deradicalization. The deradicalization program
would be partly modeled on the successful approach currently
being used by the Indonesian police (ref B) and likely have
two main components: an ideological component, which would
expose terrorist prisoners to more mainstream Islamic
teachings; and a vocational component, which would promote
economic self-sufficiency. The estimated cost of this
program is $50,000. Mission would seek additional funding to
support the dissemination and implementation of the program.

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