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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Facebook’s Censorship of Activists: How Responsible Are They?

Posted by Guest on November 02, 2016 in Blog

By Manel Zitoun With the world becoming increasingly interconnected via social media, the censorship of social content is coming under scrutiny, particularly on Facebook.  According to Facebook’s community standards, “People use Facebook to share their experiences and to raise awareness about issues that are important to them. This means that you may encounter opinions that are different from yours, which we believe can lead to important conversations about difficult topics.” This is why Facebook is now under fire for their apparent censorship of grassroots social movements like Black Lives Matter and the Dakota Access Pipeline...

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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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RNC 2016: Right to Privacy

Posted on August 04, 2016 in Platforms

"In recent years, technology companies have responded to market demand for products and services that protect the privacy of customers through increasingly sophisticated encryption technology. These increased privacy protections have become crucial to the digital economy. At the same time, however, such innovations have brought new dangers, especially from criminals and terrorists who seek to use encryption technology to harm us. No matter the medium, citizens must retain the right to communicate with one another free from unlawful government intrusion. It will not be easy to balance privacy rights with the government’s legitimate need to access encrypted information. This issue...

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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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Arab Americans Raise Civil Liberties Concerns at DNC Convention

Posted on July 12, 2016 in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        July 12, 2016            Contact: Media Advisory   Arab Americans Raise Civil Liberties Concerns at DNC Convention Panel to Address Profiling, Surveillance and Due Process Washington, DC – On Wednesday, July 27 at 1PM, the Arab American Institute Foundation will host a panel discussion, “Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in a Climate of Suspicion.” The session, held at the National Constitution Center at Independence Mall, will outline current policy concerns and offer meaningful solutions for delegates and the Philly community. Panelists...

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Due Process, Gun Control, Watch Lists & the Senate

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on June 16, 2016 in Blog

There are multiple pieces of gun control legislation that have been pieced together in response to the horrific mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. All four Senate proposals (and the potential compromise bill) are seeking to “keep guns out of the hands of terrorists,” which is hardly a disagreeable goal; terrorists should not have guns, terrorists should be in jail. The Senate is expected to vote on them this Monday. However agreeable the goal of these bills are, the legal method by which the bills will deny constitutionally protected rights...

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Act Now to Protect Your Privacy: Require Oversight of the FBI’s Most Extensive Database Yet

Posted on June 13, 2016 in Action Alerts
We need you to join us in submitting opposing comments to the Department of Justice before July 6th.
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Countdown Vol. 14, No. 8: The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous

Posted on March 10, 2016 in Countdown
Countdown is AAI's weekly take on news from Washington, around the country, and abroad.
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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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