By Irum Shiekh
Richly advised and deeply troubling, this ebook collects own narratives of Muslim immigrants to the U.S. who have been racially profiled, detained indefinitely, and mistreated following the September eleven assaults. From descriptions of actual abuse inside of American prisons to a harrowing account of awesome rendition and torture in Egypt, those strong tales will encourage either empathy and outrage. Exploring subject matters of id and ethnic stress opposed to the backdrop of the worldwide battle on terror, Irum Shiekh the following offers an area for former detainees to inform their tales and demonstrate the human rate of postponing civil liberties after a wartime emergency.
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For the majority of these officials, I noticed an indifferent attitude; they acted as if they had seen worse and that prolonged detentions were not a cause for concern. The typical attitude was Well, it happens. Too bad that it happened, but worse happens. Former detainees should be thankful that they are out. They were out of status or they had done something “illegal,”138 which made them suspicious and so should they should not be complaining. 139 Steven Brill’s book After140 and the Office of Inspector General reports about September 11 detainees141 include interviews with DOJ officials.
92 The Institutionalization of Detentions and Its Impact on Muslims in America In the first six months after 9/11—while the majority of the arrests were occurring through racial profiling and tips—the executive branch of the government initiated, adopted, and implemented several policies, programs, and laws, which expanded the government’s powers to question and detain Muslim males on the suspicion of terrorism. S. 95 The DOJ used the criteria of nationality, age, and gender to prioritize this selective enforcement list,96 and 6,000 men from Al-Qaeda-harboring countries were the first to be entered into the National Crime Information Center database.
Indd 24 1/11/2011 2:13:12 PM Introduction / 25 anything to add. He never called back or returned my phone calls. One officer had retired, and even though I left messages for him, he never called back. I got the same lack of response from the immigration officer involved in Ansar Mahmood’s case. Someone told me that FBI officers don’t like to discuss cases, and I thought at the time that maybe their reticence was due to the fact that I was not related to the detainees. I decided to test this theory by calling the FBI agent who investigated my brother; I found that regardless of my personal connection to the case, FBI officials chose to remain silent.