Not-So-Breaking News: We Use Drones

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Blog
By Jeffrey Wright Brennan’s speech today will be touted as an example of the Obama Administration’s transparent approach to the drone war, but given its shortcomings, Americans should demand a much more thorough accounting of President Obama’s understanding of his powers and their limits - if any remain.
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White House clarifies anti-terror chief’s NYPD remarks

Posted by The Record on April 24, 2012 in News Clips

President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser wasn’t referring to a controversial surveillance program when he praised the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism efforts last week, a White House official said.

The clarification of remarks by John Brennan was issued Tuesday evening as national Muslim and Arab groups expressed frustration with what they described as mixed messages from the Obama administration over NYPD surveillance operations in New Jersey and New York.

Brennan on Friday praised the agency for its anti-terror efforts, saying he has “full confidence that the NYPD is doing things consistent with the law” — comments that some...

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The Collateral Damage of the Race

Posted on March 21, 2012 in Countdown
Are you disturbed by the PATRIOT Act’s civil rights transgressions? Wait until you hear this: The Justice Department apparently has an even more intrusive interpretation of their powers under the PATRIOT Act; one which, "Contrary to core principles of American democracy" (in the words of Senators Wyden and Udall), they refuse to disclose to the American people.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Naif Al-Mutawa, George Cody, Michael German

Posted on October 07, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 10/6/2011 Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of “the 99”; George Cody, Director of the American Task Force for Lebanon; Michael German, Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
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A Lost Decade

Posted on September 12, 2011 in Washington Watch
"To govern is to choose, and the choices made [by the Bush Administration] in 2002 were fateful. The United States began that year shocked and wounded, but with tremendous strategic advantages. Its population was more closely united...World opinion was strongly sympathetic. Longtime allies were eager to help...The federal budget was nearly in balance...All that was required was to think broadly about the threats to the country, and creatively about the responses.
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Remembering and Serving on 9/11

Posted by on September 09, 2011 in Blog
The coming days will feature a host of events across the country that are looking back � and looking forward � from that tragic day, and Arab Americans are playing a role in many of these activities, from sharing their own experiences to participating in community service.
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Patriot Act Extended

Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Blog

After last week’s stunning House vote rejecting the extension of key Patriot Act provisions, this week both the House and Senate passed extensions of those provisions. Those provisions include the “roving wiretap” provision, the “libraries provision,” and the “lone wolf” provision. The House sent the bill introduced by James Sensebrenner (R-WI) to the Senate by a vote of 275 to 144, granting a nine month extension to those provisions. 27 Republicans voted against the extension, including Arab American freshmen members of Congress, Justin Amash (R-MI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Congressman Amash released a statement following the vote stating...

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Patriot Act Rejection

Posted by on February 09, 2011 in Blog

Tuesday evening, the House voted against extending key Patriot Act measures. Those measures were the authorization for the FBI to continue using roving wiretaps on targets of surveillance; the “libraries provision” authorizing the government use “any tangible item” in surveillance; and the “lone wolf” provision, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act measure that permits surveillance of those who are not connected to an identified terrorist group. In the breakdown of the vote, surprisingly 26 Republicans and 122 Democrats voted against extending the above-mentioned measures.  Freshman Congressman and Arab-American, Justin Amash (R-MI) was one of the 26 Republicans who voted...

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ACLU’s Laura Murphy Discusses Controversial Anti-Terror Law

Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Blog
Laura Muphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office appeared on the latest Viewpoint with James Zogby to discuss a wide-range of civil rights issues including the controversial material support terror law.
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Hearing on “Reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act”

Posted on June 10, 2005 in Speeches and Appearances

Zogby Statement before the United States House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary (pdf)

Hearing on "Reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act"

Dr. James J. ZogbyPresidentArab American Institute1600 K Street NW, Suite 601 Washington, DC 20006(202) 429-9210www.aaiusa.orgJune 10, 2005

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, Members of the Committee, thank you for convening this important hearing and for inviting me to be with you today.

The horrific terrorist attacks of September 11 were a profound and painful tragedy for all Americans. None of us will ever forget that awful day when thousands of innocent lives were lost.

The attacks were...

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