A startling study conducted by Cornell University's Media and Society Research Group (MSRG) reveals how willing respondents are to degrade the civil liberties of Muslim-Americans in the wake of post-9/11 terrorism concerns. A report on the study notes:
More information on the findings can be obtained from a MSRG press release.
almost half of respondents polled nationally said they believe the U.S. government should -- in some way -- curtail civil liberties for Muslim Americans.
The survey found that about 27 percent of respondents said that all Muslim Americans should be required to register their location with the federal government, and 26 percent said they think that mosques should be closely monitored by U.S. law enforcement agencies.
Twenty-nine percent agreed that undercover law enforcement agents should infiltrate Muslim civic and volunteer organisations, in order to keep tabs on their activities and fund raising.
About 22 percent said the federal government should profile citizens as potential threats based on the fact that they are Muslim or have Middle Eastern heritage.
In all, about 44 percent said they believe that some curtailment of civil liberties is necessary for Muslim Americans.
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