13th Anniversary of Introduction ERPA Nears, Partial Reform Still Pending to DOJ Profiling Guidance

Posted by Kristin Mccarthy on June 05, 2014 in Blog
When Rep. Conyers (D-MI) introduced the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) in June 2001, no one could predict what was to come a few short months later. The events of 9/11 have affected American life in tremendous and frequently underestimated ways; the fate of ERPA was bound to be tied up in the national debate about striking the right balance between civil rights and civil liberties.
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Victories, Defeat, and Victory in Defeat

Posted on May 20, 2014 in Countdown
Arab American House Representative Justin Amash is making a big move to try to squash funding for the NSA’s intrusive intelligence programs. In a preemptive measure to ensure the government surveillance reform bill, the USA Freedom Act, gets its due consideration, Amash filed two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) yesterday which include critical sections of the USA Freedom Act.
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One year in, it’s finally time for NSA reform

Posted by Tucson Weekly on May 15, 2014 in News Clips

Almost one year after the first Snowden leaks revealed that the U.S. government has been leading a massive surveillance operation against its own citizens, Congress may finally pass its very first piece of NSA reform legislation. But how much would it actually reform? The answer isn't as clear as the American public deserves.

Here's what we know: Almost a year ago, we discovered that the NSA was spying on innocent American citizens, including gathering phone records and online data, tracking the location of cellphones, storing personal details of phone calls and other communications for up to five years, and more....

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We’ve Got You Covered

Posted on May 08, 2014 in Countdown
On April 25th we hosted our annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala here in Washington and social media was a buzz throughout the event. This year, we honored Senator George J. Mitchell for his extraordinary career in public service, Participant Media for their vision and leadership in social justice, and Martin Luther King III for the legacy of his family and the work he does to keep their vision alive. Gibran was an evening for our community to reconnect, celebrate our achievements, and reflect on the path that lies ahead.
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Naughty or Nice?

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Countdown
With elections season on its way, political commentators more often than not love to interpret special elections and significant political events as a sign of things to come in November. The prevailing notion right now - even among some Democrats, it seems - is that Democrats are toast in November because of Obamacare, and will likely lose the Senate as a result.
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Shaking in Their Boots

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Countdown
Chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), won’t bash the National Security Agency (NSA) for spying on everyday Americans - in fact she stood by the NSA after the Snowden revelations - but if you spy on her Senate staff, she’s coming after you. That’s the lesson CIA Director John Brennan is learning right now after Senator Feinstein’s heated speech on the Senate floor yesterday.
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The Day We Fight Back

Posted on February 19, 2014 in Countdown
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a speech directly to 300 Israeli students and youth leaders in Ramallah to discuss the peace process. Taking a page from the Obama playbook, Abbas went over Netanyahu’s head and spoke directly to the Israeli public to outline the Palestinian position on peace negotiations.
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Living in Limbo

Posted on February 12, 2014 in Countdown
We don’t have to tell you that resolving the crisis in Syria hasn’t been easy. Russia has offered to meet directly with the United States to discuss Syria after the first Geneva II negotiations did not produce much substance, and it was also revealed that Syria is behind schedule in shipping out its chemical weapons arsenal. Still, there is a small piece of good news that could have a big impact for those suffering in Syria: in a welcome step, the Obama administration announced it will ease some restrictions to allow more Syrian refugees to resettle in the United States.
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Obama’s NSA Remarks Fell Short of Expectations

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Blog
On Friday, January 17, 2014, President Obama offered his much anticipated speech on surveillance. While advocates were hopeful that the President's remarks would support significant reforms to curb mass surveillance, his remarks fell short of expectations.
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President’s Review Board Slams NSA’s Overbroad Surveillance Operation

Posted by on December 19, 2013 in Blog
The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, tasked with reviewing the NSA’s surveillance program, released its highly anticipated report yesterday. President Obama did not offer any statements assessing the Group’s recommendations, but in a released statement, the White House said, “Over the next several weeks, as we bring to a close the Administration’s overall review of signals intelligence, the President will work with his national security team to study the Review Group’s report, and to determine which recommendations we should implement. The President will also continue consulting with Congress as reform proposals are considered in each chamber.”
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