When the War on Terror(ism) was begun, it crossed boundaries of countries, cultures, ethnicities, and race. It centered on a religiously extremist political grouping of people. Because of this wide net, Muslims of all religious varities have been subject to unusual scrutiny within the US and probably elsewhere.
However, we have in particular, chosen use racial proofing as an end to our means.
When the enemy is hard to identify we don’t always do so well. That is not an excuse to use racial profiling. It’s not right when we do it ourselves and it’s not right when our government does it.
Sweeping Homeland Security Investigation Of Muslims Was Unconstitutional And Discriminatory, Says ACLU (10/31/2008)
2004 DHS Program Used Racial And Ethnic Profiling
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[WASHINGTON – A report in today’s New York Times revealed details of a 2004 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) anti-terrorism program that, despite government claims to the contrary, used racial profiling. More than 2,000 Muslim immigrants were investigated in the lead up to the 2004 elections, and many were interrogated right before the November election. Despite the investment of considerable resources, “Operation Front Line” produced minimal results. Most of those investigated were found to have done nothing wrong….]
While we are at it, let’s close Guantanamo and stop disappearing people to other countries.
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