AAI's Questions for General James Mattis at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

General James Mattis will will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, January 12th at 9:30am. Watch online here James Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps General who served as Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and concurrently as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (2007 to 2010), Marine Expeditionary Force (2006-2007), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2005-2006), and most famously the 1st Marine Division, that led Marine forces into Iraq (2002-2004). Upon retiring, he served as a consultant, board member, and...

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AAI's Questions for Rep. Mike Pompeo at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

Rep. Mike Pompeo will will appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday, January 11th at 10:00am. Watch online here Mike Pompeo is a Congressman of Kansas’ 4th district since 2011. He graduated first in his class from West Point in 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. After leaving active duty, he graduated from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Pompeo serves on two major committees: Energy and...

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AAI's Questions for Sen. Jeff Sessions at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

 Senator Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 10th at 9:30am. Watch online here Jeff Sessions is currently a Republican Senator from Alabama and member of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary which provides oversight to several federal agencies including the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Committee also plays a significant role in federal judicial nominations and legislation related to civil liberties, immigration and naturalization, and criminal law. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from...

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AAI's Questions for General John Kelly at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Posted by Arab American Institute on January 09, 2017 in Blog

General John Kelly will appear before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs on Wednesday, January 11th at 2:00pm. Watch online here General John Kelly is a retired four-star Marine general who served as the commanding officer in Iraq of the Multi-National Force—West from February 2008 to February 2009, then as the commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in October 2009. Kelly became the Commander of United States Southern Command in November 2012 where he served until January 2016. In that...

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Tech Entrepreneurs Affirm Commitment to Civil Liberties & Community Partnership Ahead of Trump Meeting

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on December 14, 2016 in Blog

The Trump transition team held a much anticipated discussion on Wednesday with technology leaders regarding a litany of issues at the intersection of technology, national security, and the economy. Ahead of the meeting, 50 tech entrepreneurs signed an open letter stating their commitment to civil liberties and a "categorical refusal" to build tools that could threaten them. The letter is a not so subtle condemnation of some of Trump’s national security plans that were laid out on the campaign trail – including reinstating NSEERS...

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Urge DHS to Rescind the Regulatory Framework Behind NSEERS

Posted on November 30, 2016 in Action Alerts
AAI joined nearly 200 civil and human rights, civil liberties, education, social justice, and inter-faith organizations to urge President Obama to take immediate action to rescind the regulatory framework behind NSEERS.
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National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS)

Posted on November 30, 2016 in Immigration

The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), otherwise known as INS Special Registration, was initiated in September 2002 as a domestic component to the “War on Terror.” NSEERS, a system for registration of certain non-citizens within the United States, required non-immigrant men and boys from predominantly Arab and Muslim-majority countries to report to an immigration office to be photographed, fingerprinted and interviewed. Those targeted by the NSEERS program were only permitted to leave the United States from specialized ports. Failure to comply with the program often resulted in arrest and deportation. There were criminal and civil penalties associated with NSEERS, including arrest, detention, monetary fines and/or removal from the United States.


Arab Americans Ask Obama for Action on Surveillance

Posted on November 21, 2016 in Press Releases

For immediate release: November 21, 2016 Arab Americans Ask Obama for Action on Surveillance Groups Lay Out 11 Achievable Steps

The Arab American Institute joined a coalition of diverse groups in calling on President Obama to strengthen democracy by acting on key surveillance issues. Full text of the letter follows: Dear President Obama, On your first day in office, you embraced the goals of ensuring the public’s trust and strengthening our democracy in a memorandum on transparency and open government. As your administration winds down and our democracy faces strong...

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Is the FBI's Flawed Terrorist Intervention Program Really Cancelled? There's Reason to Believe “Shared Responsibility Committees” Are Still Alive

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on November 03, 2016 in Blog

While the U.S. government continues to promote its “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) agenda to combat ISIS recruitment in the United States, we were told this week that the Department of Justice is cancelling one of its core programs. Called “Shared Responsibility Committees” (SRCs), this program was conceived and beta-tested by the FBI earlier this year. However, there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that SRCs may have been cancelled in name only. Initial news of the SRC program was leaked via a letter sent to prospective SRC employees. In subsequent meetings between government stakeholders and Arab &...

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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 4: Color Me Shocked

Posted on October 06, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: The VP debate's unexpected outcomes, an unconvincing end to an FBI program, Congress regrets JASTA already, the two state solution takes a new beating, and CIA torture finds new tactics and new lows.
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