In comments to this post University of Iowa Threat team Straightarrow asks, "So, I ask again, how big a threat are these people?"
Having been in that PC hell-hole for a number of years, I was looking at it from the perspective of this being another feel-good, doing something without really doing something program. A couple of people nosing around and getting into your business.
But his words made me rethink this.
Some of the worst policies implemented in this country have been pushed by academics. Look at cabinet secretaries in the past several administrations, both republican and democrat.
I figured that as long as they don't have any authority these "Threat Teams" could only make noise and maybe ruin some guy's reputation, at most.
But add a little power, and next they will have their own show-trials to be suspending students from school or get people fired. The next step would be to send their perceived "threats" for psych evaluations and involuntary, re-educational lockup. After that, would be jail time.
A couple of administrations later and these little "people commissars" will be in every neighborhood looking into our windows and bank accounts finding threats everywhere.
And they will find threats, because if they don't, they have no reason to exist.
So, to answer your question SA: Yes, they are a threat. The whole concept is a threat.
Free men don't need anyone watching over them.