Professor Ramzi Kassem spoke with WNYC about New York Representative Peter King’s call for increased surveillance of Muslim American communities in the wake of the bombings in Boston, Mass. “People who are trying to acquire weapons, people who are trying to acquire certain types of know-how…I think if law enforcement focuses on conduct rather on belief or religion or ethnicity or race, we would all be better off,” said Kassem.
Professor Kassem supervises the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project, which primarily aims to address the legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counterterrorism policies and practices. CLEAR recently released Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims, a report documenting the devastating impacts of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) extensive surveillance program that targeted American Muslims throughout the Northeast.
Before joining the CUNY Law faculty in 2009, Professor Kassem was a Robert M. Cover Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where he taught in the Civil Liberties & National Security Clinic as well as the Worker & Immigrant Rights & Advocacy Clinic. Professor Kassem also previously served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught in the International Justice Clinic.