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“White Christian Terrorist” Still an Oxymoron in 2010

by Channing Kennedy on June 2 2010, 2:29PM

This week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the nation’s new National Security Strategy. There’s a lot improved over the previous version from 2006 (the one that used the word “preemption”), and a lot to praise. The Obama version…

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Shahzad Appears in Court after 2 Weeks, Becomes Canvas for Due Process Debate

by on May 19 2010, 9:57AM

Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad, 30, (R) is pictured in a courtroom sketch during a brief federal court appearance May 18, 2010 in New York City. (Courtroom sketch by Christine Cornell/Getty Images) Faisal Shahzad, the man who allegedly attempted…

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With Miranda, Obama Moves Dangerously to the Right

by on May 11 2010, 11:59AM

A day after Attorney General Eric Holder said he’s working to amend the Miranda law for terrorism suspects, Obama’s chief political adviser, David Axelrod, told CNN that the president is “open to looking at” a change to the rule. The…

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Holder’s Slippery Slope: Denying Miranda Rights on the Way to Torture

by on May 10 2010, 11:59AM

Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the Obama administration will move to make the Miranda law more flexible for people facing accusations of terror. The debate over whether or not to Mirandize terrorism suspects has been renewed by the…

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Does Obama Administration Support Expatriation and Assassination of US Citizens?

by on May 7 2010, 10:43AM

UPDATE @ 12:00 ET White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said yesterday that nobody in the White House supports the recently proposed legislation that would strip the citizenship of US citizens connected to International terrorist groups. The statements however, contradict…

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Lieberman Will Introduce Bill to Take Away Citizen’s Citizenship

by on May 5 2010, 10:30AM

Following the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born, US citizen who is said to have admitted to involvement in Sunday’s failed Time Square bombing, the airways and Congressional wings were buzzing with talk of how to strip the citizenship rights…

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Where’s the Hate for Times Square Bomber?

by Daisy Hernandez on May 4 2010, 5:36PM

After more than a week of following the hate campaign in Arizona, I suppose it’s only reasonable to expect that a brown man trying to bomb Times Square would get some racist reaction. Something overt. But instead of explicitly focusing…

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White House Reaches Out to Muslims, Who Want More Action Than Talk

by Julianne Hing on April 20 2010, 9:39AM

The New York Times reported over the weekend that the White House has been making quiet overtures to make amends with the Muslim community in the U.S. and build a stronger relationship for a healthier climate for policy making….

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Stay Classy, Right Wingers

by Jamilah King on March 26 2010, 1:20PM

As the violent and racially-charged fallout from last week’s passage health care reform continues, so does the finger-pointing. Over the past week, the mainstream media’s been reporting that mostly Democratic Congressional members have been targeted with bricks, spit, racial…

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Many Bullets, No Answers in Death of Detroit Muslim Leader

by Michelle Chen on February 2 2010, 9:05PM

Just a few weeks after the end of Ramadan last year, a gunfight broke out at a warehouse in Dearborn Michigan. After all the shots were fired, Imam Luqman Ameein Abdullah was dead. His body, riddled with bullet holes,…

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

The Decade of Fear: A Radical Desi Meditation on The End of The Zeros

by Guest Columnist on January 5 2010, 6:45PM

By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha On the last day of the first decade, I stay home. There are parties across the bridge, but because I have spent five hours piloting a friend to a Stinson Beach visit in a 1992 Honda…

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Travel Restrictions Under Obama: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

by Michelle Chen on January 5 2010, 9:13AM

America’s borders tightened and loosened this week as the Obama administration revamped its travel restriction policies. The formal end to a longstanding travel ban on people with HIV/AIDS has enabled travelers to enter the country without being subjected to…

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Divorced from Reality, Bushies Debate Racial Profiling

by Michelle Chen on January 4 2010, 6:54PM

Think Progress reports: In the wake of the underpants terror plot that caught everyone off guard, former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff says profiling is “arguably dangerous” on Meet the Press:…when David Gregory asked former Bush CIA director Michael…

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, Politics

It’s Official: Transportation Security Agency is Racial Profiling

by Jorge Rivas on January 4 2010, 2:09PM

For years, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has denied racial profiling in airports by saying they stop passengers at random or based on behavior not appearance. The TSA has never released a list of suspicious behaviors that qualify someone for…

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When They All Just Happen to Be Arab, South Asian and/or Muslim

by Leticia Miranda on December 30 2009, 3:33PM

Brooklyn New York Assemblyman, Dov Hikind, has a solution to Obama and Homeland Security’s search to “find and fix the vulnerabilities” that were exposed during last Friday’s failed airplane bombing. And no, it’s not body scanners, but racial profiling….

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Groups Call for Investigation into FBI Shooting of Michigan Imam

by Leticia Miranda on November 18 2009, 3:30PM

As the media swallowed up stories about Fort Hood and obsessed over how it was yet another example of “violent” Islam, the FBI’s recent killing of Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah has conveniently stayed at the margins of national debates….

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How Racist is U.S. Immigration Policy?

by Michelle Chen on November 14 2009, 12:22AM

It’s been over a century since the U.S. government wrote racial exclusion into law, and for the past few generations, American immigration policy and race have courted each other without directly overlapping—at least not on paper. Yet, even in…

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FBI and ICE Raid Halal Slaughterhouse

by Leticia Miranda on October 26 2009, 12:46PM

Over 100 FBI and ICE agents raided an Illinois Halal slaughterhouse last weekend and nearly every news report says that no one knows why. The First World Management provides goat, beef and lamb that is prepared according to Muslim standards….

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FBI to Muslim Man: Spy for Us or We’ll Deport You

by Leticia Miranda on October 7 2009, 1:00PM

Foad Farahi is just one of many people caught between the political crosscurrents of nationhood, xenophobia and the Bush-led “war on terror.” He came here on a student visa and when it expired, he sought political asylum from persecution…

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Uighurs in exile

by Michelle Chen on July 6 2009, 4:18PM

The Uighur detainees that the government recently shipped off from Gitmo to Bermuda have been bumped off the front pages lately. But the Turkic-speaking Muslim ethnic minority resurfaced in the headlines on Sunday—this time in the form of bloodshed…

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