Marxist Response to September 11
A significant aspect of this article is when it discussed the Patriot Act. On the surface, this policy is used to protect the population of the United States by preventing future terrorist attacks before they can be carried out. In reality, however, it is a serious invasion of privacy that makes each and every American susceptible to having their phone conversations listened to, their mail read, and their lives completely interfered with and are described as “the remorseless widening of powers by hard-liners, revanchists, and hawks over the average citizen“ (McLaren, 2002, P. 172). A policy that this can be compared to is how the Nazi Party treated people of Jewish descent in the time preceding and during World War Two. At this time, Jewish people were forced to wear markings that symbolized their heritage. They were then discriminated against by nearly everyone, making their lives nearly impossible to live. While the American policy is not as flagrant as the German one was, it is similar in its discrimination of visible minorities. Arab people have been singled out as terrorists and, therefore, they are not susceptible to having the policies that are laid out in the Patriot Act being applied to them. This means that Arab Americans are more likely to have their privacy invaded than Americans of other descent, making it very difficult for them to function as they normally would. For example, “a Jordanian foreign exchange student, who confessed to once having had thoughts of being a terrorist martyr, but subsequently renounced those ideas, was summarily ordered deported within five days by a U.S. immigration judge in Dallas. The student, three months shy of earning a master’s degree in software engineering at a Texas university, was under investigation by the FBI for undisclosed reasons” (Cornehls, 2003). This is an example of someone who had changed his ways but was deportedanyway.