The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of American Immigrants

Posted by Guest on July 05, 2017 in Blog

By Haley Arata & Annie Riley

In our post 9/11 society, “Fear mongering makes it incredibly easy for people to support bad policy,” Vanita Gupta, former head of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ, said during the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology hosted The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of American Immigrantsconference on June 22. She added, the “bedrock American principle that everyone has equal protection under the law is really under threat.” Civil rights activists, policy analysts, university and law professors addressed the nature of government tracking in the United States. Panelists discussed the intersection of surveillance and...

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What’s next for global internet freedom under the Trump administration?

Posted by Guest on June 14, 2017 in Blog

By Annie Riley

While Americans are accustomed to free speech and internet freedom, so much so that fake news and alternative facts has become widespread, it is important to remember that 2/3 of all internet users live under some form of government censorship. In the U.S., conspiracy theorists spread rumors that the Sandy Hook Massacre was an inside job and the Denver airport was built to house the world’s leaders after the apocalypse, but in countries like China, internet users are blocked from using the most popular search engine, Google.

On Wednesday, June 14, the Brookings Institute hosted a panel...

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CATO's Adam Bates Reviews Surveillance Challenges at #ArabAmericansLead Briefing

Posted by Guest on May 08, 2017 in Blog

By Baseem Maleki During an Expert Briefing that was part of AAI’s “Arab American Leadership Days” programming, Adam Bates—a policy analyst with Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice—explained the ways in which the unwarranted surveillance of Arab Americans and American Muslims is ineffective and unconstitutional. Bates argued that programs like the NYPD Demographics Unit, which was designed with the specific intent to surveil Arab Americans and American Muslims, violate the due process clause in both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the United...

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Section 702 of the FISA Amendment Act: Power and Uncertainty

Posted by Guest on March 15, 2017 in Blog

By Samantha Leathly  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was born in the tense political climate which followed revelations of President Richard Nixon’s alarming surveillance operations against his critics. FISA has since been extensively amended, and is now markedly different in character. On March 1, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on what is perhaps the most controversial FISA amendment: Section 702. Section 702 expires in December 2017, and Congress is facing a choice to either reauthorize it, or to reform its...

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Congress Must Enact the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act

Posted by Guest on February 28, 2017 in Blog

By Basseem Maleki

In 2011, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011 – an ambitious bill designed to prevent racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. It was never put to a vote in the 112th Congress; however, this did not stop Senator Cardin from reintroducing the legislation in the 113th and 114th Congress. Time and again, Congress failed to enact the bill. Despite these fruitless attempts, Senator Cardin has reintroduced this legislation to the 115th Congress with one major update – the necessary inclusion of religion in the bill’s title. On...

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San Francisco pushes back against Joint Terrorism Task Force

Posted by Guest on February 13, 2017 in Blog

By Kelly Russo In the wake of Donald Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, concerns that the Trump administration will continue to violate the first amendment rights of Arab American and American Muslims have risen exponentially. Civil liberties groups and activists have been prompting decisiveness from local governments and politicians alike. Last week, at the urging of the Asian Law Caucus, CAIR’s San Francisco Bay Area office, Arab Resource and Organizing Center, and the ACLU of Northern California, the San Francisco Police Force (SFPD) has decided to suspend its contract with the...

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