Civil Liberties, Far-Right Antisemitism, and the COVID-19 Crisis: 2 New Henry Jackson Society Reports

The Henry Jackson Society has released 2 new reports related to security and the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Leaving Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Liberties and National Security in the UK & US discusses the trade-off between civil liberties and effective security in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Broken into four sections, the report details emergency legislation, increased policing and coercive control measures, as well as heightened surveillance and data usage, before providing a series of recommendations to help the US and UK governments “address the balance between civil liberties and securitisation for the sake of public safety, based on successes from the counter-terrorism space.”

Weaponising COVID-19: Far-Right Antisemitism in the United Kingdom and United States focuses on the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic by far-right extremist groups, namely the British National Socialist Movement (BNSM) and the U.S. based National Socialist Movement (NSM). The report details the antisemitic conspiracies surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic based  on material posted to BNSM’s Telegram account and NSM’s podcast section of their website, before offering “practical and realistic policy solutions designed to create a more robust, coordinated, and effective response to combat far-right antisemitism in both the UK and US.”  

For more information on related topics visit the HSDL Featured Topics on Domestic (U.S.) Terrorism and Lone Wolf Terrorism or view other resources included in our COVID-19 Special Collection. Please note that an HSDL login is required to view some of these resources. 

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