Free at Last? Anti-Surveillance Legislation Appears Before the Senate

Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Blog
By Jad Ireifej Summer Intern, 2014 AAI was a signee on a letter that encouraged top members of the Senate to swiftly pass the unadulterated form of the USA Freedom Act that was presented Tuesday. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), the Senate Judiciary Chair, unveiled the Freedom Act and the bill will lead to stricter surveillance restrictions, if passed.
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Mic Check: One, Two

Posted on July 25, 2014 in Countdown
It’s been a rough week for Secretary of State Kerry and most of the Middle East.
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Get Back To Work

Posted on July 17, 2014 in Countdown
This year, the annual White House Iftar was once again not without controversy. Normally a time to celebrate faith and community (as AAI did in our offices the following evening), this year’s White House Iftar was plagued by politics.
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Let Freedom Ring?

Posted on July 09, 2014 in Countdown
We told you last week to expect some big news from Glenn Greenwald, who broke many of the Edward Snowden stories. Here we are, just after celebrating the 4th of July, with some new revelations from Greenwald that show major infringements of our civil liberties and basic rights.
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Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Posted by Detroit Free Press on July 09, 2014 in News Clips

WASHINGTON — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government’s secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats.

The report in The Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn Greenwald, said the targets included an attorney, a Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil rights activists. The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes. The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission...

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Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Posted by Detroit Free Press on July 09, 2014 in News Clips

WASHINGTON — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government’s secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats.

The report in The Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn Greenwald, said the targets included an attorney, a Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil rights activists. The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes. The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission...

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AAI Statement on NSA Revelations

Posted by on July 09, 2014 in Blog
According to a news report from Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain at The Intercept, our government has been spying on American citizens. In the most specific claim yet of the federal government’s domestic surveillance program, the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigations have been monitoring the email communication of around 202 “U.S. Persons,” including the five American Muslims highlighted by The Intercept..
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It Just IS

Posted on July 02, 2014 in Countdown
Throughout the past few weeks, Israel has accused Hamas of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and has retaliated by conducting the largest military operation in the West Bank since the second intifada. On Monday, the bodies of the three abducted Israeli teenagers were found in a field in Hebron. “Off the deep end” and “unprecedented,” Israel’s retaliation, which includes over 34 airstrikes in Gaza, has left 13 Palestinians dead and counting, more than 400 Palestinians imprisoned, and numerous buildings and homes destroyed.
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13th Anniversary of Introduction ERPA Nears, Partial Reform Still Pending to DOJ Profiling Guidance

Posted by Kristin McCarthy on June 05, 2014 in Blog
When Rep. Conyers (D-MI) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) in June 2001, no one could predict what was to come a few short months later. The events of 9/11 have affected American life in tremendous and frequently underestimated ways; the fate of ERPA was bound to be tied up in the national debate about striking the right balance between civil rights and civil liberties.
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Victories, Defeat, and Victory in Defeat

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Countdown
Arab American House Representative Justin Amash is making a big move to try to squash funding for the NSA’s intrusive intelligence programs. In a preemptive measure to ensure the government surveillance reform bill, the USA Freedom Act, gets its due consideration, Amash filed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) yesterday which include critical sections of the USA Freedom Act.
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