Since 9/11, US governmental agencies have poured millions of dollars into spying on Arabs, Muslims and Arab-Americans. Their surveillance has changed countless lives as ordinary citizens all over the United States were interrogated, arrested or had their homes raided.
But this didn’t start in 2001. Invasive – and even illegal – surveillance programs against Arabs and Arab-Americans have a long history in the US, going all the way back to the 1970s, with a program code-named Operation Boulder. But it wasn’t until a lawyer named Abdeen Jabara took his own government to court that the true size and scale of the program was revealed.
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