In No-Fly List Lawsuit by American Muslims, DOJ Argues ‘No Constitutional Right Not to Become an Informant’

By: Tuesday July 29, 2014 4:46 pm

The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community. In April, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Creative Law Enforcement [...]

Leaked Rulebook Reveals Loophole-Ridden Criteria for Placing Individuals on Terrorist Watchlists

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 7:53 pm

A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.” The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance” [PDF] from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) contains the criteria by which officials can blacklist individuals [...]

Preemptive Prosecutions: Report Spotlights How the US Government Manufactures ‘Terrorism’ Cases

By: Monday July 21, 2014 7:43 pm

Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions. The report comes just over a month after a mostly ignored [...]

Podcast: Deepa Kumar on Anti-Muslim Racism Behind NSA Surveillance, Media’s Coverage of Gaza

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 10:45 am

Media coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza has concentrated blame for what has unfolded on Hamas, making it possible to absolve Israel of responsibility for nearly all of the warfare that has killed over three hundred civilians and wounded over a thousand Palestinians. But this is not limited to the people of Gaza. There is [...]

Muslim American Groups and Individuals Boycott White House Ramadan Dinner

By: Monday July 14, 2014 4:54 pm

Muslim American groups and individuals are boycotting the White House’s Iftar dinner and will instead be participating or supporting a protest outside the White House against United States government policies, which disproportionately impact Muslims all over the world. The Iftar is when Muslims break fast during Ramadan. In the past, the White House has held [...]

In Appeal, Diverse Groups Challenge District Court’s Dismissal of Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying

By: Friday July 11, 2014 10:23 am

A number of organizations and individuals have decided to support an appeal in a lawsuit against spying against American Muslims by the New York Police Department. In February, federal district court judge William Martini dismissed a lawsuit brought by eight American Muslims. Martini refused to accept that surveillance by the NYPD had caused any suffering. He [...]

US Citizens Sue Government Over ‘Suspicious Activity’ Program Which Keeps Files on Innocent People

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 7:50 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five United States citizens challenging a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. The federal government has a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) that, according to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], “encourages state and local law [...]

Congressman Grayson to Clapper: Did US Intelligence Agencies Spy on American Muslims?

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 4:07 pm

Representative Alan Grayson of Florida sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking if US intelligence agencies spied on five prominent American Muslims named as targets named in a major story from The Intercept, which was published on July 9. The story by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain revealed the following [...]

Deconstructing Weasel Words from ODNI & Justice Department on NSA, FBI Spying on American Muslims

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 6:03 pm

Both the Office of Director of National Intelligence and the United States Justice Department have responded to a major feature story based off document from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. The two agencies deny that any surveillance against the five prominent American Muslims named as NSA and FBI targets was a result of US [...]

Revealed NSA Surveillance of Muslim-Americans Focuses Attention on Islamophobia in Security Agencies

By: Wednesday July 9, 2014 11:15 am

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain of The Intercept have published a much-anticipated story revealing five prominent Muslim-Americans the National Security Agency and FBI spied upon. The surveillance, which primarily appears to have involved monitoring their emails, was conducted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The five individuals are: Faisal Gill, a former member of [...]

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