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THE FAR-RIGHT FRINGE ORIGINS OF ISLAMOPHOBIC AND ANTI-REFUGEE POLITICS
J. Dana Stuster
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2016Counterterrorism

Hyperbole is not a Strategy

Hyperbole is not a Strategy December 18, 2015 While all the candidates on the Republican debate stage in Las Vegas criticized Democrats on national security issues, very few of them presented anything resembling a clear strategy for tackling the threats facing the United States. Instead, they substituted tough talk, threats,… Read More ›

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2016Counterterrorism

Hyperbole is not a Strategy

Hyperbole is not a Strategy December 18, 2015 While all the candidates on the Republican debate stage in Las Vegas criticized Democrats on national security issues, very few of them presented anything resembling a clear strategy for tackling the threats facing the United States. Instead, they substituted tough talk, threats,… Read More ›

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2016Counterterrorism

Donald Trump Is Helping the Terrorists Win

Donald Trump Is Helping the Terrorists Win By Steven Simon and NSN Advisory Board Member Daniel Benjamin December 15, 2015 | POLITICO American politics are undermining American national security. In their jockeying for the Republican presidential nomination, GOP contenders—Donald Trump above all—have managed to exacerbate dramatically the two U.S. weaknesses most likely to erode our country’s safety: fear and Islamophobia. The United States has made tremendous progress in the fight against terrorism since September 11. Yet it has also become all too clear that we are short of the kind of societal resilience that is essential for our success in fighting terrorism. Beyond that, we lack a shared recognition of the importance of the American Muslim community in preventing the spread of extremism. In recent weeks, the Republican candidates have worsened matters markedly through their relentless stoking of public panic and hatred of Muslims. U.S. politicians are, in short, inviting attack. Consider this: In the 14 years since 9/11, only 45 Americans have been killed (including the 14 last week in California) on American soil by jihadist violence. Every one of those losses is tragic, and because the fear that one attack suggests another might be around the corner, terrorist casualties… Read More ›

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The paranoid style in Islamophobic politics

The paranoid style in Islamophobic politics J. Dana Stuster, NSN Policy Analyst December 14, 2015 | THE HILL When Donald Trump issued a statement recently calling on the U.S. government to bar Muslims, including U.S. citizens, from entering the United States, the condemnation came swift, as though there was still some line of good taste or ethics Trump had only just crossed. The critics are right, of course: Trump is a narcissist, a fascist, a demagogue with a third-grade vocabulary and a three-year-old’s understanding of the constitution. Which makes him an easy scapegoat for the Islamophobia that’s migrated from the far-right fringe of the political discourse to the mainstream. But Trump is a symptom, not a cause. It’s not enough to condemn Trump when his hateful rhetoric is supported by institutionalized network of professional conspiracy theorists and discredited hacks that have been legitimized by mainstream conservatives. There’s a direct line that can be traced from the fever dreams of the far right to Trump’s invective. The Center for Security Policy, which Trump cites in his statement, is a font of Islamophobic paranoia. The center’s founder and president, Frank Gaffney, Jr., sees Muslim plots everywhere, from the Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin… Read More ›

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NSN 2016 Update: Disqualified – It’s Not Just Trump

NSN 2016 Update: Disqualified – It’s Not Just Trump December 11, 2015 While the media has churned over Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, they’ve neglected the extent to which his rivals have advocated similarly unconstitutional, irresponsible policies. If Donald Trump’s remarks disqualify him from the presidency, his rivals are similarly disqualified. Donald Trump’s latest Islamophobic salvo—calling for a blanket ban on Muslims entering the United States—was so awful that the White House said it “disqualifies him from being president.” But despite their frantic attempts to distance themselves from Trump after his comments, his fellow candidates espouse the same ideas using only slightly less appalling rhetoric. So if Trump is disqualified for saying “no Muslims allowed,” why doesn’t Jeb’s “Christians only” policy earn him the same disqualification? Why is Trump’s travel ban worse than Rubio’s ban on mosques, cafes, and diners? All of the conservative candidates for president embrace policies that undermine American values, damage our national security, and use the same ugly, discriminatory rhetoric as the radicals they’re trying to defeat. They should all be disqualified. Here’s an example: confronted with Trump’s remarks, Cruz’s campaign said, “that’s not our policy.” And they were telling… Read More ›

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