October 22, 2004
5,000 Muslims Immigrants Unjustly Incarcerated in the U.S. since 9/11
As part of the war on terrorism, the federal government has detained over 5,000 foreign nationals, engaged in guilt by association and ethnic profiling, and conducted secret searches and wiretaps without probable cause of criminality. These measures have been sold to the American public on the grounds that they affect only foreign nationals.
Award-winning author and civil liberties lawyer David Cole argues that in balancing liberty and security we have consistently relied on a double standard, imposing measures on foreigners that we would not tolerate if applied more broadly to us all. Cole warns that while such a double standard is politically easy (the 20 million non-citizens living in the US can’t vote), it is constitutionally suspect, counterproductive as a security measure, and ultimately illusory, because history shows that acceptance of such treatment for outsiders paves the way for similar measures against American citizens.
Following Mr. Coles’ talk, there were speakers representing the Nader and Cobb campaigns, followed by a six minute presentation by Libertarian Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik.
The event was a fundraising dinner sponsored by the Minaret of Freedom Institute of Bethesda, MD. It was filmed October 3, 2004. Unfortunately, there were some audio problems when this was filmed.