In a key victory for American Muslims, a federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that the terrorism watchlist fails to provide due process and therefore violates the United States Constitution. Judge Anthony Trenga acknowledged the “administrative process” used to place a person in the Terrorist Screening Database
CAIR: “The FBI’s job is not to offer programs that introduce suspicion into their relations with teachers and can lead to stigmatization and bullying.”
In Indiana, a brutal attack on a Muslim woman in a cafe, while a Muslim family in a Chicago suburb recently received a threatening flier on their vehicle.
Ahmed Mohamed’s case is a perfect case to understand the bigotry and hysteria in the United States, which has persisted since the September 11th attacks and festered as isolated instances of violent extremism have occurred. The outpouring of support presents an opportunity to reflect on other cases where students have been targeted for their skin color and religion.
While the mainstream media showers attention on any crime with even the slightest hint of a connection to ISIS or other Muslim extremists, less attention is being paid to a growing number of threats against everyday Muslims in the United States despite the FBI raising the alarm. The FBI issued an intelligence bulletin in May, warning that “militia extremists” are increasing their violent rhetoric against Muslims and even potentially making concrete plans to target them for violence.