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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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 16: SCOTUS 4 POTUS

Posted on June 10, 2015 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: SCOTUS on Jerusalem, ISIL, Campaign Finance, USA Freedom Act and more...
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I Spy an FBI Surveillance Plane

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on June 05, 2015 in Blog
Earlier this week the Associated Press (AP) broke a story that revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operates a large fleet of surveillance aircrafts in various cities across the country under thirteen fake company names. Most of the planes are equipped with high-tech cameras but a very small number of these planes even have the technology to track thousands of cellphones. These flights are normally conducted as part of federal, state and local investigations. The existence of this program is not new news but the size of the fleet was previously unknown.
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Join the Fight Against Surveillance

Posted on June 01, 2015 in Action Alerts

This week the Senate will consider “reform” bills that claim to limit the NSA’s authority to conduct indiscriminate surveillance. But the proposed version of the USA Freedom Act does not end the bulk collection of U.S. citizens' data, nor does it offer protections to citizens from warrantless surveillance. The Senate should not pass such weak reforms, which instead of rolling back surveillance authority, validates its continuation.  If it were to come up as an emergency measure, the Senate should under no circumstances vote for a short-term reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act. Even a 60...

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Countdown Vol. 13 No. 15: You Keep Using That Word

Posted on May 30, 2015 in Countdown
This Week on Countdown: The Patriot Act, Dem. and Rep. 2016 Candidates, and Bigotry in Phoenix
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And We’re Off!

Posted on March 26, 2015 in Countdown
Tea Party luminary Ted Cruz charismatically launched his bid for the presidency this week. And boy, the champion Princeton debater raised the bar high for those who will follow, even if he did immediately hit his head on that very same bar upon resuming his Senatorial duties. Ted Cruz put together quite a show for the 10,000 Liberty University students who were required to attend.
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Spy Games

Posted by Margaret Lowry on March 25, 2015 in Blog
A new game, TouchTone, released this week to the iTunes app store puts you in the shoes of a National Security Agency analyst. To move through the levels, you must solve puzzles in order to intercept communications from potential security threats, all while answering to your handler, codenamed “patriot”. The game is unsettling, after solving a puzzle correctly, you’re able to read private emails and make an assessment on whether to report them as suspicious activity. The more of these messages you read, the less sure you are of your ability to distinguish threats, and the less agency you feel you have in making your assessments.
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