Due Process, Gun Control, Watch Lists & the Senate

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on June 16, 2016 in Blog

There are multiple pieces of gun control legislation that have been pieced together in response to the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. All four Senate proposals (and the potential compromise bill) are seeking to “keep guns out of the hands of terrorists,” which is hardly a disagreeable goal; terrorists should not have guns, terrorists should be in jail. The Senate is expected to vote on them this Monday. However agreeable the goal of these bills are, the legal method by which the bills will deny constitutionally protected rights...

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Act Now to Protect Your Privacy: Require Oversight of the FBI’s Most Extensive Database Yet

Posted on June 13, 2016 in Action Alerts
We need you to join us in submitting opposing comments to the Department of Justice before July 6th.
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Countdown Vol. 14, No. 8: The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous

Posted on March 10, 2016 in Countdown
Countdown is AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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Apple CEO’s Letter to America

Posted by Kevin Hack on February 22, 2016 in Blog

Apple CEO Tim Cook entered into a high stakes fight with the government last week when he released a letter to customers outlining his opposition to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s demand that Apple grant the government access to the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook.

Cook highlights the importance that customers place on the security of their data and the popularity of Apples end-to-end encryption of devices, primarily in protecting it from hackers and criminals, and the similar importance that Apple places on providing that security. He...

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Countdown Vol. 14 No. 1: Let the Games...Continue

Posted on January 07, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: 2016 has finally come, Saudi Arabia executes a Shia cleric, the Department of Ed gives a lesson on discrimination, surveillance dragnet catches Congress being hypocritical, President Obama takes action on gun control.
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On the Post-Paris Surveillance Frenzy

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on November 30, 2015 in Blog

As we saw in the wake of the  9/11 terrorist attacks and now in the aftermath of ISIL’s attacks in Paris, governments respond to these heinous terrorist operations with legislative efforts that seek to restore a sense of security by increasing government surveillance powers. Here in the U.S., we are still fighting to reign in many of the surveillance powers that were enshrined in the PATRIOT Act immediately following 9/11, under which counter-terrorism surveillance programs like the NYPD spying unit operated and under which the bulk collection of US citizen and non–citizen data expanded rapidly. 

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 38: Who Are We Worried About?

Posted on November 25, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Backlash from Paris impacts refugees, convicted spy Jonathan Pollard is released, backdoor encryption is the new toy Congress wants, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder back tracks on refugee assistance, France declares war on ISIL.
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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 36: Reality Check

Posted on November 13, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: "Progressive except on Palestine," Turkey and Syria, Immigration reform, NSA ruling and more
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#Yalla2016 Day 2: Domestic Issues We Must Confront: Profiling, Surveillance, Hate, and Exclusion

Posted by Nadia Aziz on October 29, 2015 in Blog

The second day of AAI’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan focused largely on developing political platforms ahead of the 2016 election. In particular, the domestic policy discussion touched on programs and initiatives that have direct impacts on the lives on Arab Americans.  The topics discussed were profiling, Countering Violent Extremism programs and effectiveness, and hate crimes.

Sakira Cook of the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights discussed how profiling is one of the practices that disproportionately impacts minority communities. Giving context to the Department of Justice’s Guidelines on Profiling, she...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 23: Fear and Loathing on the Hill

Posted on July 27, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: Turkey's fight with ISIL and PKK, a sham hearing on BDS, Jonathan Pollard's release, GOP infighting and more
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