“Principles aren’t tested during times of prosperity; they’re tested during times of uncertainty.” My thoughts on how the Paris attack will be used to punish law abiding Muslim Americans and Syrian refugees. More at CNN Opinion.
I usually only include my writing on this site, but this time I’ll make an exception. The New York Times interviewed me about a new FBI counterterrorism tool that I had the opportunity to preview earlier this year. The program, called “Don’t Be a Puppet,” leads teachers and students through a series of games intended to help identify persons at risk of turning to violent extremism. My concerns with the program were many, including that teachers and students should never become an extension of law enforcement, and that gun violence is the greatest threat facing America’s schoolchildren, not Muslim extremism. I’m happy to report that after the article, and additional grassroots advocacy nationwide, the FBI program has been temporarily suspended. Here’s the article.
In 2009, on the tenth anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, Congress passed a bill bearing his name, intended to revitalize hate crime prevention and prosecution. But since then, the federal government has obtained only 29 hate crime convictions. That’s because a troubling legal interpretation has rewritten the federal hate crimes law and created a near insurmountable burden for federal prosecutors looking to obtain a hate crime conviction. More at CNN.
A new cache of documents relating to U.S. drone strikes was leaked to The Intercept last week. After reviewing the documents, it’s clear that President Obama misled the public about the drone program. I break down fact vs. fiction in a column for Al Jazeera America.
A gifted Muslim teenager brings a homemade clock to school to impress his engineering teacher. Hours later, he’s interrogated, arrested, and suspended for three days. Here’s the story of Ahmed Mohamed and why policies supported by President Obama are partly to blame. Thanks to The Washington Post for inviting me to write this piece.
2015 has been a fruitful year. I’ve published columns on targeting and profiling of Muslim Americans, Iranian-US relations, whistleblower protections for undocumented immigrants and drones. More soon!
The Un-American Way To Tackle Extremism
The U.S. Should Rethink Its Relationship With Iran
Protect Undocumented Workers Who Fight Abusive Employers
US Drone Complex Bureaucratizes Murder
Only three countries in the world haven’t ratified the landmark human rights treaty, The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Somalia, South Sudan, and the United States. In going it alone, the U.S. hurts itself, the rest of the world, and children everywhere. More at Al Jazeera America.