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 [...]

One of More Chilling Post-9/11 Political Prosecutions, Case of Sami Al-Arian, Appears to Have Ended

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 12:49 pm

A political prosecution against a Palestinian-American activist and University of South Florida professor, which began in February 2003, appeared to come to an end on June 27 as the United States government announced it was dropping all charges against him. Sami Al-Arian’s family declared in a statement, “We are glad that the government has finally [...]

These Are the Americans on the No-Fly List Who Argued in Court Their Rights Had Been Violated and Won

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 12:06 pm

Thirteen United States citizens represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued the US government after they were prevented from flying over US airspace after January 1, 2009. They believed that they were on the No-Fly List because airline representatives, FBI agents and other government officials had informed them of this fact. But the government [...]

‘Inventing Terrorists’ Study Offers Critical Examination of Government’s Use of Preemptive Prosecutions

By: Monday June 9, 2014 11:05 am

Nearly ninety-five percent of individuals on a Justice Department list of “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions” from 2001-2010 included some elements of preemptive prosecution, according to a study by attorneys which they say is the first to “directly examine and critique preemptive prosecution and its abuses.” The study is called “Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive [...]

Podcast: CCR Senior Attorney Rachel Meeropol on ‘Truly Kafkaesque’ Bureau of Prisons’ Policy for CMUs

By: Sunday May 4, 2014 11:10 am

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is currently in the middle of a lawsuit that challenges the Bureau of Prisons over its lack of due process for prisoners who are placed into what CCR refers to as “experimental prison units.” CCR also is seeking to hold high-ranking Bush-era officials accountable for engaging in racial and [...]

Communication Management Units: BOP’s Lack of Process Allows for Targeting of Muslims, Political Speech

By: Thursday April 24, 2014 4:07 pm

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which has brought a lawsuit on behalf of prisoners placed in restrictive prison units known as Communications Management Units (CMUs), has revealed documentation that shows for the first time how people are designated for placement in CMUs, what they are told by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) when placed [...]

American Muslims Sue FBI for Allegedly Placing Them on No Fly List After They Refused to Become Informants

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 10:53 am

A lawsuit brought on behalf of four American Muslim men has been filed against the FBI for allegedly punishing them by placing them on the No Fly List when they refused to become informants and spy on American Muslim communities. The case, Tanvir v. Holder, was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and [...]

Appeal Filed in Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying on Muslims

By: Friday March 21, 2014 10:15 am

A group of Muslims in New Jersey, who are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Muslim Advocates, have appealed a decision in a lawsuit against spying by the New York Police Department. In February, federal Judge William J. Martini of the United States District Court of Newark accepted most if not all [...]

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against NYPD Spying, Argues Associated Press Caused Muslims to Suffer

By: Friday February 21, 2014 9:44 am

A lawsuit alleging the New York Police Department’s surveillance programs had involved discrimination because the department targeted Muslims at mosques, schools and restaurants in New Jersey was dismissed by a federal judge. The federal judge, William J. Martini, in the United States District Court of Newark, accepted most if not all of the government’s arguments [...]

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