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The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror
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Powerful critique of UK and US surveillance and repression of Muslims and prosecution of homegrown terrorism
The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed—at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda “sympathizers,” and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years.
Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations as disperate as Texas, New York and Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies. The new policy and policing campaigns have been backed by an industry of freshly minted experts and liberal commentators. The Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived anti-extremism.
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Powerful critique of UK and US surveillance and repression of Muslims and prosecution of homegrown terrorism
The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed—at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda “sympathizers,” and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years.
Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations as disperate as Texas, New York and Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies. The new policy and policing campaigns have been backed by an industry of freshly minted experts and liberal commentators. The Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived anti-extremism.
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      • source: David Cole, author of Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism
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        "An important and moving investigation of the costs of the 'war on terror' for those who have been its targets, including the thousands of innocent Muslims who have been infiltrated, entrapped, and surveilled in the search for the radicalized terrorist among us. Kundnani gives eloquent voice to the communities that have been regulated, watched, and silenced by the national security state."

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      • source: Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
      • content: "A bold new look at the much discussed issue of surveillance, documenting how it impacts the communities most affected--American and British Muslims. With incisive reporting from across the US and the UK, combined with trenchant analysis, Arun Kundnani captures what it feels like to be a 'suspect population.' "
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      • source: Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks
      • content: "This timely and urgent analysis carefully examines the ideologies and law enforcement strategies that undergird the domestic War on Terror. What Kundnani finds is disturbing: sweeping, specious radicalization theory and racialized assumptions about the nature of Islam drive domestic counterterrorism practices. This has had devastating consequences for the rights and liberties of Muslims and the state of constitutional protections in the US and UK."
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      • source: Wajahat Ali, cohost of Al Jazeera America's The Stream and author of The Domestic Crusaders
      • content: "An incisive, scholarly, bold, and convincing critique of the never-ending 'War on Terror,' whose roots extend far beyond the tragedy of 9/11. An important work."
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      • source: Faiza Patel, Codirector of the Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center, NYU School of Law
      • content: "Indispensable and powerful ... Essential reading for government officials engaged in designing our counterterrorism policies, as well as readers trying to make sense of them."
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      • source: John Feffer, author of Crusade
      • content: "A must-read guide to the second decade of war waged on the home front."
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        December 23, 2013
        Following the 9/11 attacks, America shifted its focus in the War on Terror towards homegrown terrorism, which intensified after the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Using global sources, Kundnani, a visiting fellow at Leiden University (Netherlands), sees the same counter-terror tactics developed by the Bush Administration now employed by his successor, monitoring Muslim citizens and residents, and using informants and double agents to keep tabs on those who might share an ideology with jihadists. Noting several European terror triumphs, Kundnani aptly examines the four stages of evolution towards jihadism—"preradicalization, identification, indoctrination, and action"—now monitored by big-budgeted international security agencies watching lone wolves and sleeper cells before any eruption. In America and England, Kundnani identifies bands of young Muslims rethinking their identities in the wake of society revoking "their social white card": being treated like blacks, suffering hate crimes, and losing civil liberties. He also analyzes similarly critical topics, such as police entrapment, state surveillance, dissent and extremism, fear and suspicion in Muslim communities, and the right to assembly. Measuring his ideas against global terror experts, Kundnani offers hard alternatives to international security agencies, policing trends, and options for reasonable dissent in his thoughtful, rational plea to curb the War on Terror.

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        January 15, 2014
        A widely researched argument about why the war on terror will have no success unless the West stops blaming Islam and starts locating the roots of political dissent. In fighting the war on terror, Kundnani (Terrorism Studies/John Jay Coll.; The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain, 2007) sees the governments of the U.S. and Britain as employing the same wrongheaded surveillance tactics that were created by the Russians and sharpened by the CIA, then the FBI, in cracking down on dissidents during the Cold War and the civil rights era. The problem, writes the author, is that Muslims have become an "ideal enemy," perceived by mainstream American and British societies as unable to assimilate properly due to the essential flaw in their religion: the inability to separate church and state. Policymakers view extremism as a "perversion of Islam's message," the twisting of what is essentially a benign religion into "an antimodern, totalitarian, political ideology." The truth is that most people are peace-loving and assimilationist, and Muslim communities have become a kind of "Asian model minority." Yet some of the youth, thwarted in their political expression, lash out in extremism--e.g., in the reaction to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the plight of the Palestinians against Israeli aggression. In the crackdown on anti-extremism, scholars of "radicalization"--i.e., the process by which Muslims move toward terrorism--zero in on a spurious "cultural-psychological predisposition" toward violence and disaffection that offers intelligence and law enforcement agencies a framework to work with but does not address what Kundnani believes is at the root of the unrest: poverty and oppression. His examples of the pernicious reach of many policing tools are useful, such as the Prevent model launched in Britain in 2004, provoking questions about privacy and discrimination. Kundnani frankly and refreshingly moves away from ideological symptoms and toward political causes in tackling extremism.

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        April 1, 2014

        Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), which has served as the linchpin for an open-ended and continuing war on terror. Unlike traditional wars, the enemy in this battle is not a country or organization but a set of ideas that have been labeled as "radical Islam." As a result, vast networks of organizations and individuals in the West have become obsessed with preventing the spread of this ideology by all means necessary. In this well-researched and crisply written book, Kundnani (terrormism studies, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice, City Univ. of New York; The End of Tolerance) explores the genesis and development of the domestic fronts of the war on terror in the United States and the UK. The author explains how the ideology of the war on terror has distorted these two countries' approach to their Muslim populations and has contributed to both counterproductive counterterrorism advances and the concomitant intensification of Islamophobia in the West. He describes how both the conservative and liberal modes of thinking about radical Islam have failed to account for or address underlying social and political circumstances. VERDICT An immensely useful book for academics, policymakers, and all those interested in understanding and reshaping the war on terror.--Nader Entessar, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed—at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda “sympathizers,” and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years.
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