|Iranian-American youth at a summer leadership camp|
"Discriminatory profiling is illegal under international law and is a poor substitute for real intelligence work," said Jayne Huckerby, research director for The Human Rights Center...Taking years to identify individuals who are security threats does not make us safer. Ensuring timely and good faith completions of background checks will help the U.S. advance its national security goals," she said. "Federal law requires the [government] to grant or deny citizenship within 120 days of an applicant's examination...But many Muslim applicants have been waiting in uncertainty, delaying family and business decisions as their papers are delayed for one, two or even three years."
The study quotes the immigration service's ombudsman as saying that prolonged name-checks “…rarely, if ever, achieve their intended national security objectives."
- 63% thought there was no natural conflict between being a devout Muslim and living in a modern society
- 58% had “very unfavorable” attitudes toward al-Qaeda
- 78% felt that suicide bombing against civilians was “never justified”
- 48% judged the U.S. decision to use military force in Afghanistan “wrong”
- 55% thought that the US-led war on terrorism was not a sincere effort to reduce international terrorism
- Luis Posada Carriles, "one of the most notorious Latin American terrorists" was in the United States when Venezuela sought to extradite him to face charges in the deaths of 73 passengers aboard a bombed airliner. The United States, having hired Posada to work in support of the contras, declined to grant extradition; a Posada associate and terrorist in his own right, Orlando Bosch, was pardoned by President G.H.W. Bush over the objections of his own Department of Justice.
- Dora Maria Tellez was denied a visa to come teach at Harvard Divinity School, based on her opposition to Nicaraguan tyrant Anastasia Somoza Debayle, who was then favored by the United States.
- The administration enraged Italian investigators of terrorism in Europe, when it had a terror suspect of interest kidnapped there and sent to Egypt (one of several destinations in the "torture archipelago" we have used). The CIA operatives involved were indicted by Italian courts.
- Though our National Intelligence Council "predicted that an American-led invasion of Iraq would increase support for political Islam" and Iraq could "provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists," we still invaded Iraq.
- The Iranian Mujaheddin who sought refuge in Iraq, the United States and elsewhere after leaving Iran, are on the State Department's list of terrorist organizations, but are not being actively prosecuted for their crimes in Iran or elsewhere; they have been allowed to stay intact within Iraq, and may even have been pressed into service for clandestine actions against Iran.