'What an amazing book! This may be the best post-9/11 book I have
read. It gives a cogent, intelligent, and political explanation of
the relationship between the repression of Muslims and Arabs
domestically and US empire building abroad...Buy it, read it, and
fight back!' Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional
Rights, Attorney for Guantanamo Detainees 'A refreshingly critical
view of the current demonization of Muslims and Arabs. What
[Hagopian] and the others make clear is the deadly connection
between this phenomenon and US behavior in the Middle East.' Howard
Zinn 'The forgotten victims of September 11 are the Arabs and
Muslims in the US, whose rights have been curtailed, and activities
monitored, and charities closed down or suppressed. This volume
tells their story.' As'ad AbuKhalil, California State University
'[This] helps us to understand the matrix of the new American
juggernaut and its impact on the lives of ordinary people.' Abdeen
Jabara, Civil Rights Attorney, Past President, American Arab
Anti-Discrimination Committee Muslims and Arab-Americans are
increasingly under attack as a result of the US 'war on terror' -
at home, as well as abroad. Since the tragic events of September
11, Arab and Muslim Americans have faced a major assault on their
civil liberties. While targeting vulnerable groups and drawing on
racist stereotypes about Arabs and Muslims, these measures threaten
millions of people, including immigrants, activists, trade
unionists, academics, writers, and anyone who the government wishes
to define as a 'threat' to national security. The Patriot Act and
new immigration laws primarily aimed at Muslims and Arabs have
greatly expanded federal powers and eroded longstanding civil
liberties. The US government has used its expanded powers to
detain, deport, and try individuals, at times without access to
lawyers or full disclosure of evidence and charges used against
them. Civil Rights in Peril seeks to expose the impact of these new
governmental powers on Muslims and Arabs, as well as other groups
and individuals targeted as part of the Bush administration's 'war
on terror', and to show how ordinary people can resist these
attacks on our fundamental rights. This powerful anthology, edited
by the well-known scholar and activist Elaine Hagopian, includes
essays by Samih Farsoun, Naseer Aruri, Susan Akram, Nancy Murray,
Robert Morlino and William Youmans.
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