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US continues with its vile legacy of profiling

When he ran for president in 2000, George W. Bush tried to exploit lingering bitterness with profiling and "secret evidence" in an effort to court the Arab American vote in Michigan. Once elected, Bush proved to be a disappointment.

These practices stayed in place and then, following the terror attacks on 9/11, Bush and his Attorney General, John Ashcroft, threw caution (and the Constitution) to the wind, unleashing an unprecedented assault on civil liberties.

The Patriot Act gave law enforcement expanded authority, as did a series of executive actions that resulted in massive profiling campaigns in which thousands of individuals of Arab descent were targeted.

Initially, there were round ups and deportations of over 1,200 (we will never know the exact figure because after reaching 1,200, the DOJ stopped releasing numbers). This was followed by a series of "call ups" in which recent arrivals from Arab and Muslim countries were ordered...

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