Sunday, October 23, 2016

Government Surveillance

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In Japan, they have done something that Trump might like. The Supreme Court in Japan has denied an appeal against a new blanket surveillance program that watches all Muslims in the country.

Japanese Muslims say it is a violation of their rights, and tried to sue the state after the surveillance program was revealed.

In 2010, 114 police files were leaked to the public about the mass Muslim surveillance.

In the leaked documents, it was revealed that Japan was watching places of worship, restaurants, and Muslim organizations and groups.

The information found its way on the Internet and was downloaded by twenty different countries in the first week.

A group of Muslims got together and sued the state and won close to a million dollars in compensation.

The payment was due to their information being made public in the leak. There was no payment made for the actual information gathering process, which the prosecution argued was unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court decided to go with a lower court ruling, which said the surveillance was “necessary and inevitable” against the global terror threat.

While speaking through the Internet at a Tokyo symposium, NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden has his own theory why this is happening in Japan. The former NSA employee and current resident of Russia said this.

“People of the Islamic faith are more likely to be targeted… despite not having any criminal activities or associations or anything like that in their background, simply because people are afraid.”

In the past month, ISIS and their supporters have killed over a hundred people in attacks and injured over 200 in attacks around the world. The threat from radical Muslim extremists is real, but what are the Japanese giving up to feel safe?

Blanket surveillance is not constitutional here, but then again, it wasn’t constitutional when we threw all the Japanese in internment camps during World War II.

Countries do strange things out of fear, and it is important to know your enemy, but not every Muslim living in Japan is their enemy.

Do you think the blanket surveillance of Muslims is going too far? Let us know in the comments below.



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