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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One year in, it’s finally time for NSA reform

Posted by Tucson Weekly on May 15, 2014 in News Clips

Almost one year after the first Snowden leaks revealed that the U.S. government has been leading a massive surveillance operation against its own citizens, Congress may finally pass its very first piece of NSA reform legislation. But how much would it actually reform? The answer isn't as clear as the American public deserves.

Here's what we know: Almost a year ago, we discovered that the NSA was spying on innocent American citizens, including gathering phone records and online data, tracking the location of cellphones, storing personal details of phone calls and other communications for up to five years, and more....

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We’ve Got You Covered

Posted on May 08, 2014 in Countdown
On April 25th we hosted our annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala here in Washington and social media was a buzz throughout the event. This year, we honored Senator George J. Mitchell for his extraordinary career in public service, Participant Media for their vision and leadership in social justice, and Martin Luther King III for the legacy of his family and the work he does to keep their vision alive. Gibran was an evening for our community to reconnect, celebrate our achievements, and reflect on the path that lies ahead.
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Naughty or Nice?

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Countdown
With elections season on its way, political commentators more often than not love to interpret special elections and significant political events as a sign of things to come in November. The prevailing notion right now - even among some Democrats, it seems - is that Democrats are toast in November because of Obamacare, and will likely lose the Senate as a result.
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Shaking in Their Boots

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Countdown
Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), won’t bash the National Security Agency (NSA) for spying on everyday Americans - in fact she stood by the NSA after the Snowden revelations - but if you spy on her Senate staff, she’s coming after you. That’s the lesson CIA Director John Brennan is learning right now after Senator Feinstein’s heated speech on the Senate floor yesterday.
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The Day We Fight Back

Posted on February 19, 2014 in Countdown
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech directly to 300 Israeli students and youth leaders in Ramallah to discuss the peace process. Taking a page from the Obama playbook, Abbas went over Netanyahu’s head and spoke directly to the Israeli public to outline the Palestinian position on peace negotiations.
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