Turning a Blind Eye: John Brennan

Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Blog
The selection of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense has been significantly more controversial than that of John Brennan, a man who is associated with several of the nation’s troubling and controversial counterterrorism policies, and who has repeatedly provided legal justification for the use of torture on suspects, deeming it “an absolutely vital tool.”
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Nominations, Personalities and Unfavorable Realities

Posted on January 08, 2013 in Countdown
Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed your holiday season in good company with friends and family. Countdown is back in 2013, and we’re not wasting any time. Let’s get to it.
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Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Still Struggling to Get Off the Ground

Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Blog
In 2003, the 9/11 Commission recommended that a system be established to safeguard civil liberties in response to the flurry of national security and counter-terrorism legislation. A decade later, the PCLOB held its first public meeting, which mostly served to show how far the board still is from being capable of carrying out its intended functions.
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Arab Americans and Law Enforcement: Rights at Risk

Posted on November 12, 2012 in Washington Watch
It is important to note that these profiling initiatives made no contribution to making our country more secure. FBI and other officials with whom I have spoken have questioned the effectiveness of profiling, telling me that it wasted time and resources, produced little useful information, and damaged outreach efforts, alienating communities whose cooperation law enforcement needs.
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Human Rights Commission Holds Briefing on Anti-Arab, Muslim Sentiment Post 9/11

Posted by on November 09, 2012 in Blog
Today the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) convened a briefing on Federal Civil Rights Engagement with the Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11. The commission hosted three panels to address “the success and failure of the federal government in engaging the Arab and Muslim American community post 9/11.”
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Testimony before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (October 9, 2012)

Posted on November 08, 2012 in Speeches and Appearances
The story of Arab Americans coming of age as an organized community is a classic American tale of immigrants seeking opportunity, benefiting from America’s freedoms, but also experiencing, at times, the dark side of exclusion and discrimination that has so often been a part of our nation’s history.
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The Real Victory Still Lies Ahead

Posted by on November 08, 2012 in Blog
Even though Obama’s re-election is a small victory for advocates of civil liberties and global peace, these ideals are far from assured. What we won yesterday is little more than the possibility of future success, the hope that cool heads in the second Obama administration will be able and willing to see past the mistakes of the first.
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Supreme Court to Hear Case on Warrantless Wiretapping

Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Blog
On October 29th the Supreme Court will begin its second session of 2012. While it has received virtually no media attention compared to other cases on the docket for this session, the very first case the Supreme Court will hear bears significant implications for the future of our constitutional protections.
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Senate to Hold Hearing on Hate Crimes

Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Blog
On September 19, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to convene a hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism. While the hearing has been spurred, in part, by the recent tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, it will seek to elevate the concerns surrounding hate crimes and domestic extremism that all communities and Americans face in this country.
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Good and Bad News on Civil Liberties this Week

Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Blog
The good news: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest dealt a severe blow to the practice of indefinite detention by deciding to make her injunction permanent. The bad news: the House has voted to reauthorize warrantless wiretapping for another five years.
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