Friday, October 26, 2001 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: An Afghani Feminist Just Returned From Northern Afghanistan...
2001-10-26

Senate Passes So-Called "Anti-Terrorism Bill"

DONATE →
This is viewer supported news

The Senate passed its version of the House’s wide ranging anti-terrorism bill last night.

The legislation dramatically expands federal power to wiretap email and phone calls and detain or deport immigrants.

Federal officials have arrested or detained nearly a thousand people since September 11, nearly all of themimmigrants or people of Middle Eastern background. Some have been held for weeks with no charges filed against themand no evidence that they were connected to any criminal activity.

Meanwhile, human rights groups tracking hate crimes since Sept. 11 say the more violent crimes seem to be taperingoff, only to be replaced by other forms of prejudice.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations alone has received over 100 reports of workplace incidents in which peoplewere fired, demoted or harassed because of their ethnicity, religion or appearance.

The group also received nearly a hundred reports of 'airport profiling,' in which passengers were asked to leave anairplane or were subjected to what they believed was undue scrutiny.

Guest:

Muzaffar Chishti, Director, Immigration Project of United Needle and Industrial Textile Employees(UNITE).

Related link:

Recent Shows More

Full News Hour

Stories

    2014-0730_siegman1
    "A Slaughter of Innocents": Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza
    Today, a special with Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany. Three years later, the Nazis came to power. After fleeing Nazi troops in Belgium, his family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement, pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In...

Headlines

    There are no headlines for this date.


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.