Tag: By Stephan Salisbury

Stephan Salisbury: Islam-Baiting Doesn’t Work: It Failed in Campaign 2010 and Will Do Worse in 2012

July 2011
 The writer explores how effective railing against Islam has actually been in past election campaigns and the role it might play in 2012.

Stephan Salisbury: Extremist Killing Is as American as Apple Pie: Murders Grow on the Far Right Four Decades After Martin Luther King

January 2011
 Over the past few years, 19 people have been killed and 26 wounded all over the country by white gunmen with ties to racist or right-wing groups or who harbored deep suspicions of “the government.” So, do we call them terrorists or “deranged” Americans?

Stephan Salisbury: Terrorama: The Next Congress Will See Terror in Everything

December 2010
 Welcome to Congress, 2011. Terrorists are Muslims, Muslims are immigrants, immigrants are residents. Anyone and everyone is a suspect. That is the reality played out at every airport; it is the narrative touched by every monitored email and tapped telephone call.

Stephan Salisbury: Surveillance, America’s Pastime: A Hall of Shame of State Snooping, Prying, and Informing Aimed at Destroying the Fabric of Civil Society

October 2010 The tainting of character, the undermining of basic trust, the disruption of democratic politics—these are the great achievements of state surveillance. The goal of this furtive activity is not to dismantle terrorist networks but to disrupt legitimate civic activity.

Stephan Salisbury: Mosque Mania: Anti-Muslim Fears and the Far Right

August 2010 A Lower Manhattan prayer space designed to promote reconciliation has become the dreaded “Mosque at Ground Zero.” This post explores the virulent racism and grassroots efforts opposing the Islamic cultural center two blocks from the former World Trade Center.

Stephan Salisbury: Stage-Managing the War on Terror: Ensnaring Terrorists Demands Creativity

July 2010 Informers have by now become our first line of defense in our battles with the evildoers. How expansive will the stage become for informers and their government directors now working the theater of the Great Recession?