AAI Statement on Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan

Posted by on August 26, 2010 in Blog
The Arab American Institute is deeply concerned about the anti-Muslim rhetoric that has been generated in response to plans to build an Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.
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Defending Religious Freedom: Two Members of Congress Stand Up for What is Right

Posted by on August 25, 2010 in Blog
In the midst of countless politically opportunistic statements by elected officials yielding to misguided passions on the Islamic center in lower Manhattan, several officials have admirably resisted the pressures and stood firm on principle in defense of religious freedom and against the demonization of the Muslim community.
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The Two Anti-Semitisms

Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Blog
The hysteria that has developed in response to the planned community center in lower Manhattan has reminded me of a piece I wrote back in 1994, that I wanted to share with you. It remains relevant today.
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Durbin Statement Regarding Islamic Center Controversy

Posted on August 22, 2010 in Washington Watch

DURBIN STATEMENT REGARDING ISLAMIC CENTER CONTROVERSY[CHICAGO, IL] – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today made the following statement in response to the Islamic center controversy in New York City:“I had my differences with President George W. Bush, but I believe he showed real leadership after 9-11, when, in the agony and anger that followed, he made it clear that our war was with the terrorists who perverted the teachings of Islam not with Muslims who were faithful to what he called ‘a peaceful religion, a religion that respects others.’  Those who seek to exploit the location of an Islamic Center...

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George Salem, Other Arab American Republicans Push Back on GOP Rhetoric on Manhattan Islamic Center

Posted by on August 17, 2010 in Blog
Recently, we highlighted the fact that leading Republicans have adopted the divisive politics of anti-Muslim forces in their opposition to the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan. Increasingly disheartened by the hostile rhetoric of some of their party leaders, prominent Arab American Republicans have joined American Muslim Republicans to promote a healthier Party discourse on the issue.
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Adult Supervision Required

Posted by on August 16, 2010 in Blog
As a heated debate about what should be a non-issue rages, we are reminded that more real leadership -- like that of Mayor Bloomberg -- is needed to end the Islamic community center controversy in New York.
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AAI Issue Brief: National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)

Posted on August 16, 2010 in Reports

National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)Discussion Points: The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program was intended to track non-immigrants and serve as a counterterrorism tool. The most controversial aspect of NSEERS was a “domestic” component that solicited registrations from more than 80,000 males who were inside the United States on temporary visas from Muslim-majority countries. NSEERS was poorly conceived, badly managed, and has been a waste of government time and resources. Instead of an effective national security tool, NSEERS has: created a second-class status for Arabs and Muslims and their families in the United States fostered...

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AAI Issue Brief: Enhanced TSA Screening Practices

Posted on August 16, 2010 in Reports

Discussion Points: In response to the attempted attack on Northwest Flight 293 in December 2009, the Administration has conducted a review of transportation safety and aviation that includes troubling reports that individuals traveling from or through Afghanistan, Algeria, Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be automatically subjected to enhanced screening procedures, including full body searches and luggage inspection, before boarding inbound flights to the United States. Mandating secondary screening for every traveler from select Muslim-majority countries across the Middle East and Africa (Cuba is the lone exception), without indication of suspicious...

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AAI Issue Brief: Search and Seizure at U.S. Borders

Posted on August 13, 2010 in Reports

Search and Seizure at U.S. Borders Discussion Points: It was disclosed in 2008 that the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) may confiscate personal electronic equipment, including laptop computers and handheld devices, from travelers crossing U.S. borders without evidence or reasonable indication of wrongdoing. Based on the standing guidelines on racial profiling, Arab American travelers could be targeted for confiscation of electronic devices during secondary screening on the basis of race, religion or national origin as sufficient evidence for suspicion. Additionally, information collected from personal electronic devices may be shared with other federal agencies, as well as state...

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AAI Issue Brief: Profiling Based on Race, Ethnicity, Religion, and National Origin

Posted on August 13, 2010 in Reports

Profiling Based on Race, Ethnicity, Religion, and National Origin Discussion Points:  The Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines (DIOGs), revised in 2008 by the Department of Justice, grant the FBI, DHS, and other agencies the authority to investigate Americans without any evidence of wrongdoing, encouraging instead systemic ethnic and religious profiling to determine the basis for opening a national security investigation. Despite assurances by the FBI that the revised guidelines “will be audited and enforced through a rigorous compliance mechanism, [and] are designed to ensure that FBI assessments and investigations are subject to responsible review and approval,” the loophole for national security...

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