Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on Understanding Terrorism, the Surveillance State & How to Discuss Reform

By: Friday January 16, 2015 3:11 pm

[*Editor's Note: During his research for The Muslims Are Coming!, Arun Kundnani noted five books, which provide insightful understanding of the surveillance state along with the importance of public resistance. In the third part of this interview, Kundnani discusses briefly how academics define terrorism and approach the issue of Islamophobia. He then delves into the [...]

US Settles with Citizen Who Was Victim of Post-9/11 Practice of Imprisoning Muslims as ‘Material Witnesses’

By: Friday January 16, 2015 2:02 pm

The United States government has settled with a Kansas-born Muslim man, who it now admits was arrested in 2003 because he was a material witness and not a criminal suspect. He was the victim of a post-9/11 practice where agents would take advantage of the material witness statute and detain and interrogate individuals instead of [...]

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on How Media Promote Radicalization Myths & Fuels Islamophobia

By: Friday December 26, 2014 11:07 am

[Editorial note: In late July, the Arab American Institute released a survey where 27 and 32 percent of Americans viewed Muslims and Arabs favorably, respectively. As the authors of the report note, the number of Americans favoring both communities declined since 2010 compared to other ethnic groups. Consequently, 42 percent of Americans agreed with profiling of American [...]

The Problem with CNN Hosts Talking About Islam Promoting Violence & Claiming “We’re Just Asking Questions”

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 7:10 pm

For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. The problem is CNN is [...]

Lawsuit Challenges Secretive Policy Allegedly Used Against Muslim Immigrants to Deny Citizenship

By: Friday August 1, 2014 10:53 am

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslims allegedly denied American citizenship because of a secretive policy a Homeland Security Department’s immigration agency operates. The program grants the government broad discretion to designate those applying for citizenship as “national security concerns.” According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], the United [...]

In No-Fly List Lawsuit by American Muslims, DOJ Argues ‘No Constitutional Right Not to Become an Informant’

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 4:46 pm

The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community. In April, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Creative Law Enforcement [...]

Leaked Rulebook Reveals Loophole-Ridden Criteria for Placing Individuals on Terrorist Watchlists

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:53 pm

A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.” The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance” [PDF] from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) contains the criteria by which officials can blacklist individuals [...]

Preemptive Prosecutions: Report Spotlights How the US Government Manufactures ‘Terrorism’ Cases

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:43 pm

Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions. The report comes just over a month after a mostly ignored [...]

Podcast: Deepa Kumar on Anti-Muslim Racism Behind NSA Surveillance, Media’s Coverage of Gaza

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 10:45 am

Media coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza has concentrated blame for what has unfolded on Hamas, making it possible to absolve Israel of responsibility for nearly all of the warfare that has killed over three hundred civilians and wounded over a thousand Palestinians. But this is not limited to the people of Gaza. There is [...]

Muslim American Groups and Individuals Boycott White House Ramadan Dinner

By: Monday July 14, 2014 4:54 pm

Muslim American groups and individuals are boycotting the White House’s Iftar dinner and will instead be participating or supporting a protest outside the White House against United States government policies, which disproportionately impact Muslims all over the world. The Iftar is when Muslims break fast during Ramadan. In the past, the White House has held [...]

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