For too many Muslims living in America after 9/11, saying a prayer, attending worship, wearing a headscarf, joining a student organization, frequenting an ethnic restaurant, or participating in any number of everyday activities could trigger suspicion, and even arrest.
Twelve years after that terrible September day, it is worth recalling the premise of the choice presented to us—safety versus civil rights—because it was false. Targeting people who looked or sounded Muslim was tactically misguided and morally wrong.
Who was it that attacked us again?
Oh, right: Muslims.
And why did they attack us?
Oh, right: Islam.
So who should we be suspicious of?
Gosh, what a tough question.