New America Foundation Hosts Discussion on Online Radicalization

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog
By Isaac Levey Legal Fellow The New America Foundation, in collaboration with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, held a panel discussion Tuesday entitled “Online Radicalization: Myths and Realities.” The discussion was aimed at covering important, but often overlooked, questions about how online radicalization relates to the threat of homegrown violent extremism in the United States, and how it can be combated. The panel discussion, which is available to watch at the link above, explored these questions and then took questions from the audience.
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Profiling is Profiling

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Countdown
Well, Lindsey Graham has really done it this time. Senator Graham (R-SC), a “Countdown” favorite (in the ironic sense) has succeeded in not only thwarting important efforts to prevent profiling in all its forms from the nation’s forthcoming comprehensive immigration bill, he’s effectively trying to reinstate National Security Entry-Exit System or NSEERS.
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Massachusetts: There’s still time to check in with the candidates

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Blog

With just about a month left until the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry, there are two things we encourage you to do. First, of course, is to make sure you’re registered to vote in the June 25 special election. The deadline to register is June 5. Then find out how the two candidates—Dem. Congressman Ed Markey and Republican equity investor and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez—stand on the issues. Topping AAI’s list of questions are their stances on civil liberties, national security, humanitarian aid to Palestinians and Syrian refugees.


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AAI Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Hearing on Constitutional Rights During War on Terror

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in Blog
Post 9/11, the government has instituted a number of counterterrorism measures that while purporting to address national security concerns compromise the civil liberties and rights of U.S. citizens. The 2003 Department of Justice Racial Profiling Guidelines, the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program, and the FBI’s anti-Arab and anti-Muslim training manuals are just a few examples.
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AAI Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Hearing on Constitutional Rights During War on Terror

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Omar Tewfik , 202-652-4988

Washington, DC - May 22, 2013 - The following statement was submitted for the record by Arab American Institute President James Zogby to the House Judiciary Committee hearing, "Protecting U.S. Citizens' Constitutional Rights During The War on Terror," which took place today.

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Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and members of the Committee: I am honored to submit this testimony for the record on behalf of the Arab American Institute.

As a non-partisan non-profit organization, the Arab American Institute conducts research and policy analysis on...

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32 States Introduce Ban of Sharia Law with Misleading Semantics

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blog
By: Abdulaziz A. Al-Alami Legal Fellow The Center for American Progress, along with the Brennan Center for Justice, recently held a discussion on new bills emerging from different states that aim to ban the implementation of international and foreign law in U.S. courts. The discussion was a follow-up to a report released earlier by the Center for American Progress that described the shift in focus, at least on paper, from the earlier explicit attempts to ban Sharia law to more recent attempts to ban international and foreign law.
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AAI Submits Statement to House Hearing on Boston Bombing

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Blog

The Arab American Institute submitted the following statement from Executive Director Maya Berry to the first House Homeland Security Committee hearing on last month’s bombings in Boston. Immediately after the attacks, false information about the motives, origins, and perpetrators of the attacks were widely disseminated by members of the media, elected officials and members of the intelligence community to an anxious American public. Predictably, and without any knowledge of the facts, proponents of increased surveillance and ethnic and religious profiling - practices which target the Arab American and American Muslim communities - used Boston to make the...

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For Boston, Gibran and the Year Ahead

Posted on April 16, 2013 in Countdown
We were all Bostonians last night as we looked on in horror at the senseless attacks on our fellow Americans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Boston and to those directly affected by yesterday's horrible tragedy.
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Act Today: Tell Your Member of Congress to Track Hate Crimes

Posted by on March 07, 2013 in Blog
You may be surprised to learn that federal law enforcement does not track hate crimes aimed at the Arab American community. US Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) is working to change that, and he’s asking his colleagues in the House of Representatives to help. You should too. Take action now and ask your representative to sign on to the Crowley letter. The deadline is tomorrow, Friday, March 8
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Zero Dark Thirty and the Legacy of Torture

Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Blog
In the past week there have been some great articles about the misleading torture narrative in Zero Dark Thirty, the popular movie chronicling the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.
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