Analyzing Repression

Based on a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council on the future of terrorism and its effect on the United States, DHS has been “developing ways to prevent radical beliefs from crossing the line into violent acts of terrorism.” DHS has already “launched an initiative to reach out to state and local fusion centers to address radicalization,” and reports that “intelligence and law enforcement personnel” are already meeting at these centers “to discuss and analyze what is taking place in their communities.”


Over the past year the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Joe Lieberman, (ID-CT) Susan Collins, (R-ME), has been holding hearings into the “threat of Islamic radicalization inside the United States and the initiatives the U.S. government is taking to identify and combat homegrown terrorism.”


The Senate hearings were used to help provide justification for the proposed passage of the “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.” Although this bill appears to have been blocked by public criticism, the bipartisan Senate Committee is preparing a public report on homegrown domestic Muslim radicalization.


It is possible that the report, no matter how carefully crafted, will be used to push the adoption of this or similar repressive legislation.


Find out more at the Stop Spying Website

See also these reliable websites

Defending Dissent Foundation

Liberty Coalition
(partner groups)

Political Research Associates

U.S. Bill of Rights Foundation

Report Incidents of Harassment & Political Repression

Several organizations are considering establishing a reporting center for acts of political harassment.  In the meantime, visit the Security for Activists pages and especially read the article Common Sense Security.  If you are the victim of obvious harassment, write down the details, including date, time, location, a description of the incident, any witnesses that can corroborate the story, and the names/badge numbers of any person responsible for the harassment.

Please keep in mind that your suspicions that your phone might be tapped or that you might be being followed or under surveillance are difficult if not impossible to corroborate and may even be the result of a form of "paranoia" encouraged by some government agencies to chill dissent. OK Sometimes THEY are out to get YOU. Obsessing over the details is pointless. Repression happens. Take reasonable precautions and move on. Don't let bogus "experts" divert you from your goals with scary talk about wiretaps and infiltrators. This is a form of self-aggrandizing disruptive behavior. Clicks, buzzing, and electrical fluctuations on a phone line are symptoms of either bad phone service or a bug, and the most experienced and honest experts with thousands of dollars worth of equipment will tell you they can't really tell the difference unless they physically find a bug.

For more information, see What To Do About Political Spying or read Encountering and Countering Political Repression.

Special Reporting with a Specific Narrow Focus

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
Report several types of discrimination against persons of Arab descent
including travel restrictions and civil liberties

Council on American Islamic Relations
Report several types of discrimination against Muslims including travel and civil liberties
Passenger Profiling
Hate Crimes
Also see the Mosque Safety Checklist accessible from CAIR main page

Report Hate Crimes


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