(WJBK) – It’s an open discussion in Dearborn as residents reflect on profiling and surveillance in the 15 years since 9/11. How has everyday life changed?
A panel exchanged dialogue with the audience at the American Arab National Museum on Michigan Avenue.
“What if someone has a particular position about what is going on in Palestine? Is it that then a teacher or a social worker then goes to the FBI and says that this young person could potentially be an extremist and what takes place is that once someone is reported it then triggers a series of things where a person can end up being on a suspected terrorist watch list,” said Dawud Walid of the Council on American-Islamic Relations
Local Arab and Muslim community hold panel on life 15 years after 9/11
The panel suggested there’s a new wrinkle going beyond government surveillance.
“Surveillance it’s not just governments that are going to be engaging in this activity but now also corporations,” said Saeed Khan of Wayne State University.
The panel members all agreed that profiling and surveillance is here to stay.
“It was fascinating thing to watch, just how deep this all goes,” said Justin Cannon of Dearborn.