West Yorkshire HD1 3DH, United Kingdom
The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed— at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda “sympathizers,” and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years.
Arun Kundnani's new book The Muslims Are Coming! is the first comprehensive critique of the War on Terror's new front - the specter of domestic terrorists.
He has been a leading analyst of the often-hostile state focus on Muslim communities, both in the UK following the 2001 riots, and internationally as the so-called 'war on terror' has developed. In his 2009 report 'Spooked', Arun provided strong evidence that the UK’s 'Prevent' counter-terrorism scheme apparently incorporated a large-scale surveillance scheme. In The Muslims are Coming! he extends this critique to other countries, particularly surveillance on American Muslims. Join him for this free guest lecture at the University of Huddersfield to share this analysis.
This event is hosted by the School of Education and Professional Development. It is free but you must register here.