So, Asra Nomani writes an(other) embarrasing example of self-hatred for The Daily Beast, applauding law enforcement's apparent targeting of Muslims throughout the Greater New York City area. Her essay is riddled with simple errors, clear misperceptions of how law and constitutionalism function, an inability to process profiling, and some faulty logic, perhaps the finest instance of which is here:
Indeed, just as we need to track the Colombian community for drug trafficking and the Ku Klux Klan for white extremists, I believe we should monitor the Muslim community because we sure don’t police ourselves enough.
For law enforcement to go after white extremism the way it seems to be going after Muslims (at least, with respect to the NYPD), they wouldn't be going after the KKK, as Asra suggests--unless Asra means to suggest that Muslim student organizations at Yale and UPenn are offshoots of al Qaeda. Law enforcement would instead have to spy on as many white institutions (churches, civic clubs, student organizations, etc.) as they could.
There is a difference between chasing clues and treating Islam, in and of itself, as a lead.
By the way, I'll be at Fordham's Manhattan campus today (Monday, March 5th), speaking about the long history of Islam and especially Islam in America. It's free, and I'll try to make it fun, educational, and enlightening. We'll be starting at 6pm at Fordham's South Lounge inside 113 West 60th Street, right off Columbus Circle in Manhattan. The event ends at 8pm.