Arab Americans Ask Obama for Action on Surveillance

Posted on November 21, 2016 in Press Releases

For immediate release: November 21, 2016 Arab Americans Ask Obama for Action on Surveillance Groups Lay Out 11 Achievable Steps

The Arab American Institute joined a coalition of diverse groups in calling on President Obama to strengthen democracy by acting on key surveillance issues. Full text of the letter follows: Dear President Obama, On your first day in office, you embraced the goals of ensuring the public’s trust and strengthening our democracy in a memorandum on transparency and open government. As your administration winds down and our democracy faces strong...

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Is the FBI's Flawed Terrorist Intervention Program Really Cancelled? There's Reason to Believe “Shared Responsibility Committees” Are Still Alive

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on November 03, 2016 in Blog

While the U.S. government continues to promote its “Countering Violent Extremism” (CVE) agenda to combat ISIS recruitment in the United States, we were told this week that the Department of Justice is cancelling one of its core programs. Called “Shared Responsibility Committees” (SRCs), this program was conceived and beta-tested by the FBI earlier this year. However, there is enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that SRCs may have been cancelled in name only. Initial news of the SRC program was leaked via a letter sent to prospective SRC employees. In subsequent meetings between government stakeholders and Arab &...

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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 4: Color Me Shocked

Posted on October 06, 2016 in Countdown
This week on Countdown: The VP debate's unexpected outcomes, an unconvincing end to an FBI program, Congress regrets JASTA already, the two state solution takes a new beating, and CIA torture finds new tactics and new lows.
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Countdown Vol. 15 No. 3: Shimmy on Down to the Gutter

Posted on September 29, 2016 in Countdown
This week on AA's Countdown: How Clinton and Trump faired on the issues the Arab American Institute cares about, Countering Violent Extremism hearings, Syria disasters, Trump's plans for an Embassy in Tel Aviv, and anti-BDS bills pass in California and Pennsylvania.
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The Deeply Flawed Watch Listing Process and "No Fly, No Buy" Debate

Posted by Leila Elaqad on August 31, 2016 in Blog

Following the June 2016 shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, a new debate over gun control measures was sparked in Congress. The Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, had previously been under FBI investigation on two separate occasions, and at one point had been placed on a government terrorist watch list. In light of this, many Democrats called for what they nicknamed, a “No Fly, No Buy” gun control bill, suggesting this measure would have prevented Mateen from purchasing the weapon he used to kill 49 innocent people in Orlando. “No Fly, No Buy” proponents advocated...

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AAIF Hosts "Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Climate of Suspicion" at the 2016 DNC Convention

Posted by Eddie Bejarano on July 28, 2016 in Blog

As Susan Herman, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) explained, "what you hear from a lot of Americans ever since 9/11 is, 'Don't we have to give up a little liberty in order to be safe?'... as if giving up liberty is going to make us safe." This fundamental question set the tone for the Arab American Institute Foundation's panel,  "Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Time of Suspicion" at the Democratic National Convention. As part of an effort to bring civil rights and civil liberties issues to the...

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Ted Cruz Announces Scary Foreign Policy Team Because Ted Cruz is Scary

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on March 18, 2016 in Blog

Headlines are making a big deal out of the list of national security advisors the Ted Cruz campaign announced this week, rightly pointing out that some names on the list including Frank Gaffney easily qualify as “fringe conservatives.” It’s worth remembering that Ted Cruz is very appropriately described as a “fringe conservative” himself.  Since the beginning of his political career, Cruz has sold himself as an defiant outcast and agitator of the establishment Republican Party. A hardline Tea Party man. Unwilling to compromise with anyone,...

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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.4: Let’s Get In Formation

Posted on February 04, 2016 in Countdown
This week in Countdown: New Hampshire results are in and they are surprising; FBI debuts new CVE computer game to serious criticism; Egypt's Foreign Minister was in DC; DOJ files suit against Ferguson, MO; Beyonce shows us what a powerful formation can be.
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The Visa Waiver Program: What it is, What's Happening, and Why You Should Care

Posted by Kevin Hack on January 28, 2016 in Blog
The Visa Waiver Program is maintained by the DHS to offer ease of access into the United States for passport holders from certain countries. As the name suggests, passport holders from VWP participating countries can access the United States for 90 days without applying for a visa.
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