Some experts and scholars in the article call the program a profiling system. Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, calls it "one of the worst vestiges of the immediate aftermath of 9/11."
Aside from the profiling claim, other problems with the program include a lack of publicity (many men did not know they had to register), as well as the fact that it struck fear into many individuals because they saw people who were registering get detained and deported in some cases.
The article also quotes Abed Ayoub, the national legal director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, stating, "Any policing methods based on profiling will fail, as was the case with NSEERS."
A new report explores why terrorist groups die off and whether government intervention can help speed the process. The report also discusses how factors such as the age of the organization can affect its demise.