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From the Opportunistic to the Absurd

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(Illustrative photo: Pexels/Ugur Ugur)
(Illustrative photo: Pexels/Ugur Ugur)

Recent fallouts from the “War on Terror” range from the opportunistic to the absurd.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has a habit of looking for ways to position the Muslim community as victims of discrimination, views the fight against terror as easy fodder.

Much like the posturing of ISIS, its message to Muslims is “them versus us,” a classic strategy to draw members of the Muslim community into Islamist extremism.

CAIR is a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity that was designated as a terrorist group by the United Arab Emirates. FBI wiretaps in 1993 reveal CAIR was established to deceptively push the Islamist agenda in America.

You can read more about CAIR’s background here

This time, CAIR jumped on a recently-revealed program by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) called Quiet Skies. The program tracks and gathers information on citizens not on terror watchlists or in screening databases for suspicious behavior while traveling.

This can include anything from travel habits to nervousness checking in and going through security.

However, according to the TSA, “Average Americans would not come close to qualifying for inclusion in this program.” Rather, through a computer algorithm, the program targets people whose travel habits “match with current threat intelligence.”

Still Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan branch of CAIR, used the occasion to accuse Homeland Security of racially profiling, saying about the program:

“We’re not going to be looking at or targeting ordinary Americans, we’re going to be looking at people like Dawud Walid, [or] like someone else who has an Arabic or Muslim background. That’s what that sounds like to me.”

CAIR predictably called on the TSA to drop the program.

Take a moment and answer our poll below regarding the Quiet Skies program.

In the meantime, another recent fallout from the reality of living with nasty terrorist groups intent on disrupting our lives appears to be a dog inconveniently named Isis (not after the terror group but mostly likely after the centuries -old Egyptian goddess).

Isis (the dog) is an 11- year golden labrador in need of medical treatment. A charity site raising funds for the canine was flagged by PayPal when the dog’s name showed up and the company stopped an online donation to the cause after a terror alert was triggered.

The dog’s owner subsequently changed the name of the pooch to Alice and the money was released.

Do you think "Quiet Skies" is a necessary program?

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org