National Security

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…

Topics: Immigration, National Security

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…

Topics: National Security

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…

Topics: National Security

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….

Topics: National Security

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….

Topics: National Security

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…

Topics: Immigration, National Security

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….

Topics: Immigration, National Security

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…

Topics: Immigration, National Security, Politics

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…

Topics: National Security

Facing racial profiling

by Michelle Chen on June 30 2009, 9:28PM

Civil liberties advocates told the United Nations today that racial profiling continues to tear away at the social fabric of American communities. In a report to the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the ACLU and Rights…

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security

Did they act alone? The media and the “extremists”

by Michelle Chen on June 10 2009, 3:59PM

Details are trickling in about the suspect behind the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum today. James Von Brunn, an elder of the white supremacist movement, renowned for prolific spew about Jews, Barack Obama, America as a “third-world racial…

Topics: Media, National Security

Framing terror

by Michelle Chen on May 28 2009, 3:41AM

The White House has made a point of retiring the “war on terror,” as a term of art, but this past week has proven that the tropes underlying that phrase have a long half life: the “terrorists” are everywhere…

Topics: National Security