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Sun Feb 18, 2018, 07:15 PM

 

ACLU:Leaked DHS Report Uses Junk Science to Argue for Surveillance of Muslims

https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/discriminatory-profiling/leaked-dhs-report-uses-junk-science-argue

By Hugh Handeyside, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU National Security Project
February 7, 2018 | 3:15 PM


A recent draft report from the Department of Homeland Security called for the discriminatory surveillance of Sunni Muslims in the United States.

The report originated in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Intelligence and was obtained and published by Foreign Policy magazine. It “examines 29 perpetrators of 25 terrorist incidents in the United States” that CBP “assesses were driven by radical Sunni Islamist militancy.” It concludes, based on the “common demographics” of those in the study, that the government should “continuously evaluate” those with similar characteristics in order to identify “individuals who might have a higher risk of becoming radicalized.” A CBP spokesperson stated that the report was an initial draft and has since been revised.

The report is nonetheless alarming. First, let’s dispense with the euphemisms: When CBP calls for “vetting,” “recurrent screening,” and “on-going evaluations,” it is talking about long-term surveillance. And that surveillance would be nakedly discriminatory: The report focuses exclusively on Sunni Muslims in the United States and identifies religion and national origin in the “Middle East, South Asia or Africa” as reasons to “continuously evaluate” those who meet the profile. It also oozes religious animus, referring without evidence or explanation to “the long-term difficulty for some Muslim immigrants to integrate into U.S. society,” and casting particular suspicion on “Muslim converts.”

Because this bias is baked into the report, its conclusions are nonsensical from a scientific standpoint. It analyzes only incidents involving what it calls “radical Sunni Islamist militancy” — ignoring other significant drivers of attacks, like violent right-wing extremism. It then concludes that those with characteristics similar to the 29 perpetrators should be surveilled. And even using this absurdly limited data set, the report still can’t identify meaningful trends or commonalities, leaving only what the attackers in the analysis shared: their Sunni Muslim identity. In other words, the report assumes its own conclusion, that Sunni Muslims, by virtue of their religion, should be subject to heightened surveillance. That’s the empirical equivalent of a dog chasing its own tail...


The original FP article can be found here:

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/05/draft-dhs-report-surveillance-of-muslim-immigrants/

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Sun Feb 18, 2018, 07:22 PM

1. DHS Bigotry has nothing to do with science.

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Sun Feb 18, 2018, 07:50 PM

2. Junk science deplorable bigots on my tax $$$

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Sun Feb 18, 2018, 08:02 PM

3. Thank you for this very thorough and informative post. NT

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