Recent revelations of the massive surveillance apparatus of the NSA and U.S. government have raised debate around privacy and security, reinvigorating long standing liberal notions about civil liberty violations. While mainstream America is concerned at the extent of government surveillance, there is very little alarm and in fact a great deal of public support for the continued surveillance of Muslim communities as a potential fifth column of “radicalization” and subversion in a post-9/11 climate.
This conversation will discuss how fears around “extremism” have impacted diverse Muslim communities (Black, Asian, Arab, etc.), and how this fear has reinvigorated the deeper criminalization of non-Muslim black and brown communities in the U.S. In addition, we will explore these concerns and place them within a longer history of government surveillance such as COINTELPRO, and how these policies and practices today have narrowed the scope of dissent.
�What role does race play in understanding government surveillance, and how have these policies masked state violence domestically and abroad?
�How have communities challenged these forces historically and how are they doing so today?
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