U.S. Courts Have Been Treating Muslims Differently for a Very Long Time

December 7, 2017
The Intercept

...“In truth, the courts have in the war on terror addressed a number of cases affecting Muslims — like in the national security, Guantánamo [Bay detention camp] context — but to the extent they’ve sided with Muslims, it’s only been on abstract, separation of powers grounds because of executive overreach, and there’s rarely been an acknowledgment that these individuals have substantive rights,” said Baher Azmy, legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, who has litigated cases related to government surveillance and the rights of Guantánamo detainees.

“These cases have largely been a battle between the president and the courts, and I don’t think the court is particularly sensitive to claims involving Muslims, just as they haven’t been particularly sensitive to claims involving the Japanese or Chinese immigrants,” Azmy added. ...

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