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Feeling of Being Watched: A Discussion on Profiling & Surveillance

Posted on September 15, 2016

We learned and shared a lot tonight at Feeling of Being Watched: A Discussion on Profiling & Surveillance. Here are a few (paraphrased) gems from our guests (Dawud Walid, Khaled Beydoun, Saeed Khan and film producer Assia Boundaoui)! #TakeOnHateWithTruth

Universities are the epicenters where surveillance occurs; surveillance is common wherever there is congregation. — Saeed Khan

Radicalization is synonymous with Muslim communities. Yet 64% of mass shootings are committed by white people and surveillance programs (like CVE) are not focused on those communities. — Khaled Beydoun

It's your right to know why you're on a watch list or a no-fly list. Submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests is one way to hold authorities responsible. Another is by filing lawsuits. — Assia Boundaoui & Dawud Walid

Michigan is a unique state because the Great Lakes are considered international waters. So border patrol, which has authority within 100 miles of a border, actually has jurisdiction over the entire state. — Dawud Walid

We'll see real progress not only through policy change but also change in culture. We need not only for people to see us as human but for ourselves to see us as human. — Assia Boundaoui

Effects of surveillance (alienation, broken communities, fractured identity) can exist without actual surveillance and merely the suspicion of surveillance. — Assia Boundaoui

Consider the economics behind surveillance. Follow the money. What was intended for 2% of the population (Muslim Americans) is extending to 100% of the population (i.e. full body scanners, drone surveillance, etc.). — Saeed Khan