Bernie Sanders: Muslim Surveillance Is 'Unconstitutional'

Jessica Renae Buxbaum
Sanders condemned Republican politicians' Islamophobic response to the Brussels attacks on Tuesday, calling the requests for surveillance "unconstitutional."

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As the GOP hysteria over the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium explodes, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave his opinion on the Republican presidential candidates’ Islamophobic reactions to the horrific events.

GOP front-runner Donald Trump pushed to bring back waterboarding and torture tactics in combating terrorism in response to the Brussels’ explosions. The real estate mogul also strongly insinuated blocking refugees from the country.  

“I would close up our borders,” Trump told Fox News. “We are taking in people without real documentation. We don’t know where they’re from or who they are.

Sen. Ted Cruz echoed the anti-Muslim rhetoric by calling for tightened security in Muslim neighborhoods and similarly advocating a moratorium on the flow of refugees from countries dominated by terrorist organizations.

Yet Sanders detailed a more comprehensive foreign policy strategy that focused on enhanced intelligence efforts and heavy monitoring of social media to prevent ISIS recruitment.

The Vermont senator also chided Republican politicians’ frank calls for surveillance of Muslims.

“That would be unconstitutional, it would be wrong,” Sanders told press. “We are fighting a terrorist organization, a barbaric organization that is killing innocent people. We are not fighting a religion.”

Sanders hit the nail on the head in perfectly encapsulating that these heinous acts do not stem from a religion but rather from brainwashed fundamentalists. Despite what many GOP politicians declare, we are not at war with Islam but instead widespread terrorism, and our actions should reflect that battle. 

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