Congress Votes Tomorrow on Reauthorizing Warrantless Wiretapping

Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Blog
Tomorrow congress will vote on the five-year reauthorization (H.R. 5949) of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), the 2008 law that legalized the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program.
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AAI President Jim Zogby on AC 360 to Challenge Bachmann

Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Blog

AAI President Jim Zogby joined CNN anchor Anderson Cooper tonight on “Anderson Cooper 360” at 8:15pm ET to discuss former Presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann’s controversial call for an investigation into the extent that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government.  Read the segment transcript

The back story:

A few weeks ago, Rep. Bachmann and four colleagues in Congress, including Texas Representative Louie Gohmert, released letters they sent collectively to Inspectors General of the Departments of State, Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security, and the Office of the Directorate of National Intelligence calling on them to...

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More Damaging Revelations of Islamophobia Underscore Need for Fundamental Reforms

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Blog
by Omar Baddar and Omar Tewfik Today, Spencer Ackerman and his colleague at Wired Noah Shachtman released the contents of a recently-terminated DoD training course for senior military officers. The course, entitled “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism,” was terminated late last month by General Martin Dempsey, Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. As expected, the outrageous materials released today show exactly why the course was shut down.
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Not-So-Breaking News: We Use Drones

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Blog
By Jeffrey Wright Brennan’s speech today will be touted as an example of the Obama Administration’s transparent approach to the drone war, but given its shortcomings, Americans should demand a much more thorough accounting of President Obama’s understanding of his powers and their limits - if any remain.
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White House clarifies anti-terror chief’s NYPD remarks

Posted by The Record on April 24, 2012 in News Clips

President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser wasn’t referring to a controversial surveillance program when he praised the New York Police Department’s counterterrorism efforts last week, a White House official said.

The clarification of remarks by John Brennan was issued Tuesday evening as national Muslim and Arab groups expressed frustration with what they described as mixed messages from the Obama administration over NYPD surveillance operations in New Jersey and New York.

Brennan on Friday praised the agency for its anti-terror efforts, saying he has “full confidence that the NYPD is doing things consistent with the law” — comments that some...

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The Collateral Damage of the Race

Posted on March 21, 2012 in Countdown
Are you disturbed by the PATRIOT Act’s civil rights transgressions? Wait until you hear this: The Justice Department apparently has an even more intrusive interpretation of their powers under the PATRIOT Act; one which, "Contrary to core principles of American democracy" (in the words of Senators Wyden and Udall), they refuse to disclose to the American people.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Naif Al-Mutawa, George Cody, Michael German

Posted on October 07, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: 10/6/2011 Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of “the 99”; George Cody, Director of the American Task Force for Lebanon; Michael German, Policy Counsel on National Security, Immigration and Privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
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A Lost Decade

Posted on September 12, 2011 in Washington Watch
"To govern is to choose, and the choices made [by the Bush Administration] in 2002 were fateful. The United States began that year shocked and wounded, but with tremendous strategic advantages. Its population was more closely united...World opinion was strongly sympathetic. Longtime allies were eager to help...The federal budget was nearly in balance...All that was required was to think broadly about the threats to the country, and creatively about the responses.
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Remembering and Serving on 9/11

Posted by on September 09, 2011 in Blog
The coming days will feature a host of events across the country that are looking back � and looking forward � from that tragic day, and Arab Americans are playing a role in many of these activities, from sharing their own experiences to participating in community service.
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Patriot Act Extended

Posted by on February 16, 2011 in Blog

After last week’s stunning House vote rejecting the extension of key Patriot Act provisions, this week both the House and Senate passed extensions of those provisions. Those provisions include the “roving wiretap” provision, the “libraries provision,” and the “lone wolf” provision. The House sent the bill introduced by James Sensebrenner (R-WI) to the Senate by a vote of 275 to 144, granting a nine month extension to those provisions. 27 Republicans voted against the extension, including Arab American freshmen members of Congress, Justin Amash (R-MI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). Congressman Amash released a statement following the vote stating...

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