Will New York Get an Anti-Muslim Blacklist?

When Donald Trump made the outrageous suggestion last November that Muslims be required to register in a national database, his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton criticized his “shocking rhetoric” and told a crowd in Nashville, “At some point, you have to ask yourself, ‘Is that the kind of country we are?”

Seven months later, Clinton has answered her own question with her silence about a horrible “Terrorist Registry” law that passed the New York state Senate with the support of Democratic lawmakers in her home state.

The New York State Terrorist Registry Act, which passed 45-16 in a state Senate almost evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, is more sweeping than anything previously proposed. It would place anyone remotely suspected of being a terrorist on a publicly available list without any form of due process — with photos, addresses and other information available on the Internet to employers, friends, community members, landlords, the media and anyone else who cares to look.

The bill’s language about who is meant to be put on the list is inconsistent. Some parts claim only those who are “already convicted” will be included, while others explicitly state that the more than 1 million people listed on the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database — as well as anyone else identified by the Department of Justice or CIA — will be subjected to this blacklist.

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The horrible history is rarely discussed, but the federal government’s “terror lists” — under both Republican and Democratic administrations — have been little more than excuses to round up many thousands of innocent Muslims and Arabs.

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, more than 200,000 Arab and Muslim men aged 16 to 64 who were in the country on nonimmigrant visas were interviewed under oath, fingerprinted and photographed under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS).

Arun Kundnani recounted the story of one of these men in his book The Muslims Are Coming! Mohammed Rafiq…

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