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Mea CulpaLessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History$
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Steven W. Bender

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479899623

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479899623.001.0001

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Flying While Muslim

Flying While Muslim

“Ragheads” and Human Rights

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(p.113) 8 Flying While Muslim
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Mea Culpa
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Steven W. Bender

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479899623.003.0009

As Chapter 8 explains, the post–September 11 demonization of Muslims and Muslim-appearing individuals led to regrettable public and private backlash in the post-attack hysteria. Using religious profiling and a supposed propensity toward terrorism to encompass Muslims and those who appear Muslim, we view this poorly defined group as subhuman and evil. In prosecuting the War on Terror, we hold particular disdain for those more particularly and individually accused of terrorist acts or plots, even resorting to enhanced interrogation techniques, a euphemism for torture. The chapter imagines how we might treat all these groups differently if we humanized them, and also compares the treatment of inmates in supermax prisons, which effectively amounts to torture.

Keywords:   Muslim, terrorism, War on Terror, supermax prisons

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