Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Blog

AAI Executive Director Maya Berry was a featured guest for the first segment of Tuesday’s “All in With Chris Hayes” on MSNBC. The segment focused on the line between beliefs and criminality, and whether exploration of particular websites constitutes a rationale for increased scrutiny, or if it serves as an indicator of bad intent. Maya was joined by Ken Ballen, President and founder of Terror Free Tomorrow and author of Terrorists in Love, and Carol Rose of the Massachusetts American Civil Liberties Union to discuss this highly nuanced, often misunderstood topic, which is at the forefront of national political discourse in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 16th.

Maya highlighted importance of obtaining and disseminating proper intelligence about the motives of the Tsarnaev brothers. “What I don't want to see are policymakers speculating [on the facts of the Boston bombing case],” she said referring to the onslaught of unsubstantiated theories regarding suspects and motives. In the hours after the attacks, policy makers and members of the media, in a brash attempt to make sense of the attacks, pointed the finger at the American Muslim community. Rep Peter King, Chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, said that the Boston bombing proved that increased surveillance of the American Muslim community, such as the NYPD’s spying program, was necessary to protect against future attacks.

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