Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Blog
AAI President Jim Zogby and Executive Director Maya Berry co-host the latest episode of Viewpoint with James Zogby and discuss a wide-range of issues, including the roots and driving forces of Islamophobia in the United States as well as the use of surveillance and infiltration techniques used by local and federal law enforcement agencies to spy on ethnic and religious minorities.
Jim and Maya talk about the network that perpetuates anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States, with Matt Duss, Policy Analyst and Director of Middle East Progress at the Center for American Progress (CAP) and co-author of Fear Inc., a report on the industry of Islamophobia; and Sarah Posner, author of God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters and senior editor at Religion Dispatches.
Mike German, Senior Policy Counsel for National Security at the ACLU Washington Legislative Office and a former FBI agent, discusses the phenomenon of racial and ethnic mapping in law enforcement and whether or not sweeping and broad surveillance is an effective intelligence gathering practice. German also talks about the epidemic of Islamophobic training materials in various branches of law enforcement counterterrorism agencies.
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