Government Surveillance Programs, Muslim Registries, And Deportation Squads

1486 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Government surveillance programs, Muslim registries, and deportation squads have one essential thing in common; they are the products of xenophobic fear. Although they seem like totalitarian tactics from an Orwellian novel, they are actually inching their way in to the United States’ political discussion. The President Elect Donald Trump used xenophobia to gain support for his presidential campaign. This tactic is not new, in fact, the utilization of the narrative of foreign subversive is an insidious American tradition, which was first established during the late nineteenth century, when repression of anarchism became a national priority. It has since influenced Americans to adopt a new tradition: relinquishing constitutional freedoms from the promise of safety. Analyzing government and public responses to anarchist terrorism will demonstrate how the narrative of the foreign subversive was originally created and utilized to expand government powers. The first act of US anarchist terror occurred in Chicago’s Haymarket Square on May 4th, 1886. Workers gathered in the square to protest the violent tactics police officers employed to disperse labor rallies. The demonstration was nearly over when the Chief of Police decided to break up the rally. As the group of policemen approached the crowd, batons drawn, a bomb was thrown into their ranks causing them to indiscriminately fire into the crowd. In total, seven police officers were killed by the bomb and at least one civilian…

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