As the world faces the persistent threat of terrorism, nation-states are grappling with how to combat terrorism and ensure the security of citizens and sovereign borders. The 9/11 attacks brought on the “War on Terrorism,” and with it a sharp rise in anti-Muslim sentiments. Governments are making sweeping changes to domestic and foreign policies, including instituting surveillance programs targeting Muslims, closing borders to refugees, extreme vetting of Muslim immigrants, and most recently, President Trump’s executive order barring travelers of Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, which was overturned by a U.S. federal appeals court. The justification for these hard-line policies falls under the guise of national security. This panel debates the merits of government policies aimed at the surveillance of Muslims in the U.S. and Japan, and examines the legality of such instrumentalities. In this lecture, the panel weighs the impact of Muslim profiling on guaranteed civil liberties against fighting terrorism and protecting national security.
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