For years, Muslim American families in a Chicago suburb suspected they were being watched by the government. They were right.
The community of Bridgeview, Illinois was the subject of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s largest domestic counter-terrorism probes in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The massive scale of the surveillance is detailed by Assia Boundaoui, a journalist who grew up in Bridgeview, in a new film called “The Feeling of Being Watched.”
“Operation Vulgar Betrayal” officially shut down more than a decade ago, but it has had a lasting impact on the people of Bridgeview, who continue to suffer from fear, paranoia and self-censorship.
In this episode we ask, Is the US government unfairly spying on Arab Americans?
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