I wrote an essay for Politico Magazine on a new counterterrorism program, Shared Responsibility Committees, that unfairly targets Muslim Americans. My article is in direct response to last week’s cover story for the magazine, which quoted an unnamed, senior law enforcement official, who reported that the committees are being beta tested in undisclosed pilot cities. I was invited by the FBI to review the program and believe it’s overreaching, ineffective and stigmatizes Muslim Americans.
I published a column in USA Today on Friday with my friend & colleague, Vijay Das. March 18 marked the 8 year anniversary of the collapse of Bear Stearns, and to date, only one corporate executive has been successfully prosecuted for crimes relating to the 2008 Great Recession. Wall Street got a legal and financial bailout; Main Street never did.
There have always been institutions and individuals who look to profit from the suffering of others. Today is no different. In a new essay for Politico, I warn about the Treatment Industrial Complex, a growing network of facilities and companies who are capitalizing on the movement away from incarceration and towards treatment and rehabilitation. Their success depends not on being effective, but in keeping as many people as possible under supervision for as long as possible. The lengthier, deeper and more expansive the treatment, the greater the profit. I co-authored this essay with Cate Graziani from Grassroots Leadership.