9/11 Review Commission Suggests FBI Expand Spying on Entire Racial or Ethnic Communities

By: Wednesday March 25, 2015 5:38 pm

A 9/11 Review Commission report on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to implement recommendations the commission issued in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks was released. One of the report’s key aspects is how it suggests the agency should expand its domestic spying operations on entire racial or ethnic communities in the United [...]

FBI Ordered by Judge to Release Files on Surveillance & Infiltration of Muslim Communities, Including Mosques

By: Tuesday March 24, 2015 10:58 am

The FBI has effectively been ordered to release numerous files on surveillance against Muslim communities in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, including infiltration of mosques. Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California found the FBI could not invoke a “law enforcement” exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, which is commonly [...]

Podcast: Government Doesn’t Want Anyone to Know FBI Agents Can See They’re Creating Terrorists

By: Sunday March 22, 2015 10:18 am

On this week’s episode of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, the guest is Trevor Aaronson, contributing writer to The Intercept and executive director of the Florida Center of Investigative Reporting at the University of Miami. Aaronson wrote a feature on Sami Osmakac, a mentally ill Muslim man who was the target of an FBI sting operation [...]

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on Understanding Terrorism, the Surveillance State & How to Discuss Reform

By: Friday January 16, 2015 3:11 pm

[*Editor's Note: During his research for The Muslims Are Coming!, Arun Kundnani noted five books, which provide insightful understanding of the surveillance state along with the importance of public resistance. In the third part of this interview, Kundnani discusses briefly how academics define terrorism and approach the issue of Islamophobia. He then delves into the [...]

US Settles with Citizen Who Was Victim of Post-9/11 Practice of Imprisoning Muslims as ‘Material Witnesses’

By: Friday January 16, 2015 2:02 pm

The United States government has settled with a Kansas-born Muslim man, who it now admits was arrested in 2003 because he was a material witness and not a criminal suspect. He was the victim of a post-9/11 practice where agents would take advantage of the material witness statute and detain and interrogate individuals instead of [...]

Interview: Author Arun Kundnani on How Media Promote Radicalization Myths & Fuels Islamophobia

By: Friday December 26, 2014 11:07 am

[Editorial note: In late July, the Arab American Institute released a survey where 27 and 32 percent of Americans viewed Muslims and Arabs favorably, respectively. As the authors of the report note, the number of Americans favoring both communities declined since 2010 compared to other ethnic groups. Consequently, 42 percent of Americans agreed with profiling of American [...]

The Problem with CNN Hosts Talking About Islam Promoting Violence & Claiming “We’re Just Asking Questions”

By: Wednesday October 8, 2014 7:10 pm

For well over a month now, CNN has pushed a conversation about whether there is something inherently violent about Islam or whether the religion promotes violence. Conversation has been presented by anchors, particularly Don Lemon, as just hosts asking questions for the sake of some innocent and potentially educational discussion. The problem is CNN is [...]

Lawsuit Challenges Secretive Policy Allegedly Used Against Muslim Immigrants to Deny Citizenship

By: Friday August 1, 2014 10:53 am

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslims allegedly denied American citizenship because of a secretive policy a Homeland Security Department’s immigration agency operates. The program grants the government broad discretion to designate those applying for citizenship as “national security concerns.” According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], the United [...]

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 [...]

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