Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that he supported electronically tagging Muslims who are on the federal terrorist watch list.
Giuliani is back in the political spotlight after he became one of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign advisers. On Wednesday, he explained it would be “an excellent idea” to use electronic tags or bracelets as a means of keeping tabs on the locations of those who are on watch lists. This is also known as spying.
Giuliani advises Trump’s campaign on national security and terrorism. He said, “If you’re on the terror watch list, I should you know [sic] you’re on the terror watch list. You’re on there for a reason.”
For some, that reason may simply be because of a particular overseas travel pattern. Even visiting innocuous Muslim countries for a short period of time is known to put a terror flag on certain individuals when traveling, regardless of their faith. Even entirely innocent babies are known to be listed as potential terrorists.
Giuliani further explained his mandatory monitoring hypothesis with a humble brag. Following the 1993 truck bombing of the World Trade Center that killed six and injured hundreds, “I put undercover agents in mosques for the first time in January 1994,” he remembered.
Giuliani’s idea is preposterous and unlikely to be able to be implemented even if Trump does enter the White House as president. More likely than not, he is trying to gain further popularity for Trump by perpetuating this xenophobic narrative which is used on both Republican and Democratic sides of this election’s ballot.
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