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In just 12 days since the attacks in Paris, rhetorical attacks on Muslim Americans are rising toward a fever pitch. A religious database, special ID cards and surveillance of mosques are being proposed. Is it just the heat of the presidential campaign or something more troubling?

Later on the program, the US Army doesn't know how many veterans have been discharged for "adjustment disorder." Is it time for an independent truth commission to assess their conditions and decide if they're really entitled to more benefits than they're receiving?

Photo: NewMediaNormaRae

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sarah Sweeney

Obama: "No Specific, Credible Threat" to US during Holidays 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Shortly after the attacks in Paris, President Obama left the country for Europe and Asia.  Today, back at the White House, he said he understands that Americans are uneasy, but that there is no credible threat at the moment, and gave this reassurance. "So as Americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, I want them to know that our counter terrorism, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals are working overtime."

Juliette Kayyem is former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, founder of her own security consulting firm and current member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Guests:
Juliette Kayyem, Kayyem Solutions (@juliettekayyem)

Muslim Americans and the Politics of Fear 32 MIN, 38 SEC

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush said that all Muslims should not be judged by the acts of a radical few. Nevertheless, the attacks in Paris have made Muslims the latest targets of hate mail, online vitriol, personal insults—and calls for outright religious discrimination on the presidential campaign trail. Donald Trump and fellow Republican presidential candidates are making calls for outright religious discrimination. Muslim Americans report that Islamophobia is on the increase — and they're being asked to apologize for terrorists they despise. It's not the first time an identifiable minority has been targeted for abuse. What are the lessons about American values? 

Guests:
Laila Alawa, The Tempest (@lulainlife)
Petula Dvorak, Washington Post (@petulad)
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator (@JeffJlpa1)
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brookyn College (@BayoumiMoustafa)

More:
Dvorak on increasingly ugly attacks on American Muslims
Washington Post on Americans increasingly skeptical of Muslims, but don’t interact with them
CAIR on unprecedented backlash against Aerican Muslims after Paris attacks

This Muslim American Life

Moustafa Bayoumi

Army Discharging Soldiers Who Have "Adjustment Disorder" 10 MIN, 45 SEC

The US Army doesn't know how many veterans have been discharged for "adjustment disorder." One example is Frank Constabile. After serving with the Army in Afghanistan, Private First Class Constabile was discharged with "adjustment disorder." At first, he didn't know what that meant — but he's learned that it's drastically limiting the benefits he's receiving. Is it time for an independent truth commission to assess their conditions and decide if they're really entitled to more benefits than they're receiving?


Frank Costabile, a former Fort Carson Army private first class
Photo courtesy of Michael de Yoanna/Colorado Public Radio

Guests:
Michael de Yoanna, Colorado Public Radio (@mdy1)
Daniel Zwerdling, NPR

More:
De Yoanna on Frank Costabile's mental health struggles after Army pushes him out
Zwerdling on on missed treatment after soldiers' mental health issues dismissed for 'misconduct'
Uniformed Services Justice & Advocacy Group

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