National Security State & Muslim Immigrants: New Developments in Surveillance and Resistance
During the first half of the show we look at surveillance developed by NYPD in partnership with the CIA. Over the last two years a series of AP articles have pointed to the extent to which this partnership has spied on all mosques and organized informants. This past week we learned that the Arab American Association of New York was among those named as “terrorist enterprises” by NYPD. We speak with Arab American Association Director Linda Sarsour, who also serves as Advocacy Director for National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). Linda has been on our show before, but we want to know about how she feels about this newly revealed and rather shocking designation and also about the intensive, collective struggle to regain basic rights during the third term of Mayor Bloomberg.
The Second half of the show will focus on a newly revealed aspect of the Federal role in profiling and controlling Muslim immigrants. A new report released this week by the Southern California office of ACLU describes how through a previously unknown national security program known as the “Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program” (CARRP), the government excludes many Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian applicants from naturalization by delaying and denying their citizenship applications without legal authority. See: http://www.aclusocal.org/CARRP/
We speak with Ahilan T. Arulanantham the Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California and Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.