A program that was meant to make New York City “safer” from would-be terrorists has proven to be an abysmal failure. But city officials aren’t budging.
by Jamilah King on August 21 2012, 9:24AM
A damning new report alleges that the late Black Panther Richard Aoki may have worked as an FBI informant. But is state intervention in progressive movements inevitable?
by Jamilah King on August 13 2012, 2:12PM
Turns out that it’s not so easy to be “race-neutral” in an already flawed program.
A decade after September 11, 2001, the government is wielding it’s broad counterterrorism powers against non-citizens who pose no threat and who face deportation as a result.
by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2012, 1:41PM
Khan’s incident might be gaining international attention because he is a celebrity, but the truth is that ordinary American citizens and immigrants here in the United States grapple with racial and religious profiling routinely at airports.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s defense of the NYPD’s spying on Muslim communities shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Mayor’s had a tense relationship with Muslim and Arab communities for nearly a decade.
New York Police Department has argued that it’s spending billions to spy on Muslim Americans in order to foil terror plots. That assertion simply doesn’t hold up against the few facts they’ve been willing to share.
by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 6:15PM
The New York Police Department has secretly been conducting surveillance on Muslims in New Jersey and they have done it with the permission of the governor’s office — granted in 2005 by former Gov. Richard Codey.
On campuses all over the Northeast, horrified students are discovering they were targets of surveillance, simply because they joined a Muslim student group. But domestic religious profiling is now routine for both NPYD and the FBI.
by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2012, 4:59PM
A document obtained by the AP stands in contrast to statements by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the NYPD never considers religion in its policing.
This week’s revelation that NYPD leaders lied about their participation in an anti-Muslim film that was then shown to 1,500 trainees was just the latest in a growing string of evidence that the department is systematically profiling the city’s Muslim residents.
by Channing Kennedy on December 16 2011, 9:42AM
A single small bank in Minneapolis has been the only way for many U.S. Somali immigrants to send money home. Now, community organizers like Hassan Warsame are fighting to keep its program running.
by Jamilah King on October 25 2011, 10:00AM
Back in 2004, FBI Special Agent Bill Shute set out to prove a point. A self-described “visual learner,” Shute thought that if you took arrest data from court records and local police and dumped it into Microsoft mapping software, you…
Topics: National Security
by Jorge Rivas on October 10 2011, 2:57PM
Southwest Airlines flight officials did not let Irum Abbasi re-board because the crew was “uncomfortable” with her on the plane.
Topics: National Security
by MIchael Lavers on September 27 2011, 9:34AM
Thomas was among a disproportionate number of black women who were kicked out of the military for being lesbian or bisexual. But she joined the fight that, last week, finally put an end to the practice.
by Asraa Mustufa on September 8 2011, 9:31AM
President Obama vowed as a candidate to end George W. Bush’s use of the state secrets privilege to get lawsuits thrown out of court. Instead, the administration is wielding it in previously unused ways to defend widespread profiling of Muslim Americans.
by Lyric Cabral on September 8 2011, 9:30AM
The FBI is paying thousands of untrained informants to spy on law-abiding Muslim Americans. The program has justified itself with a series of prosecutions that are as questionable as they are high-profile. Here are the families who were left behind.
by Rinku Sen on September 7 2011, 9:18AM
I can’t call myself a person who values inclusion and compassion and then pick and choose those whom I accept. I can disagree, but I can’t disown. Not if I want to help build a nation that constructs rather than destroys, that frees rather than enslaves.
by Julianne Hing on September 1 2011, 10:05AM
A new report by the Center for American Progress untangles the wealthy web of conservative activists who’ve funneled millions of dollars over the last decade into an anti-Muslim crusade.