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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 administrations 'war on terror', and to show how ordinary people can resist these attacks on our fundamental rights.
|Introduction : don't tread on me : is the war on terror really a war on rights?||1|
|Pt. I||Pre- and post-September 11, 2001, legislation and regulations affecting civil liberties|
|1||Race and civil rights pre-September 11, 2001 : the targeting of Arabs and Muslims||9|
|2||Profiled : Arabs, Muslims, and the post-9/11 hunt for the "enemy within"||27|
|Pt. II||Sustaining and reinforcing demonization of Arabs and Muslims : manufacturing racist images of Arabs and Muslims|
|3||"Our enemies among us!" : the portrayal of Arab and Muslim Americans in post-9/11 American media||71|
|4||The new cold warriors||105|
|Pt. III||The convergence of US domestic shift to the far right and the pursuit of global expansion : the criminalization of Arab and Muslim communities|
|5||Roots of the American antiterrorism crusade||133|
|6||American global reach and the antiterrorist crusade of George W. Bush||161|
|7||The interlocking of right-wing politics and US Middle East policy : solidifying Arab/Muslim demonization||193|