DHS says some Muslims in US should be under long-term surveillance

A Department of Homeland Security report is urging authorities to “track” some Sunni Muslim immigrants to the U.S. who have been determined to be “at-risk” on a “long-term basis.”

The report analyzed 25 terrorist attacks in the U.S. between Oct. 1, 2001, and December 2017 and determined that it would be of “great value” to the government “in dedicating resources to continuously evaluate persons of interest.”

For the report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection identified a wide cross-section of Sunni Muslim residents in the U.S. as being potentially “vulnerable to terrorist narratives.”

Conclusions were based on risk factors such as being young, male, and having arrived in the U.S. from “the Middle East, South Asia or Africa.”

Should the report’s recommendations be adopted, they would significantly expand the Trump administration’s policies regarding Muslim immigrants — from those who are attempting to enter the United States to those already in the U.S. legally. [source]

Analysis: Already one Muslim organization in the U.S. is framing this as another “racist” policy by the Trump administration, while also claiming that “white supremacists” pose a bigger danger to the country. That’s expected from the president’s political opponents, especially those claiming to represent ‘targeted’ ethnic groups. But by attempting to shame the administration into doing nothing, such organizations are actually helping terrorists; those plotting to attack Americans naturally wouldn’t want additional scrutiny from the country’s internal security services. 

No one would seriously argue that home-grown violence in America does not exist. But terrorist organizations abroad have discussed using the West’s civil rights laws and their liberal refugee resettlement and immigration policies to infiltrate democratic countries, and that includes the U.S. Therefore, further scrutinizing some individuals who come from Muslim-majority countries if they match certain criteria isn’t ‘racist,’ it’s prudent national security policy, the kind a majority of Americans expect their government to implement. — JD

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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