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  • ACLU: FBI used outreach to Spy on Muslims | Charity & Security Network
    at mosques and other events and illegally recorded information about the attendees political and religious affiliations According to the Associated Press AP heavily redacted FBI documents sent to the ACLU indicate that the FBI in some cases between 2007 and 2009 ran background checks on people its agents encountered at Muslim related events and recorded personal information such as e mail addresses phone numbers physical descriptions and opinions in reports marked routine The FBI denied wrongdoing saying information gathered by outreach teams was not used for operational matters Established policy requires that an appropriate separation be maintained between outreach and operational activities the FBI said in a statement This comes days after another AP investigation revealed widespread New York Police Department NYPD spying programs that focused on everyday activities of Muslim life in New York targeting mosques restaurants and college student groups Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/ACLU_FBI_outreach_Spy (2016-02-16)
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  • Lawsuit Alleges Government Spy Infiltrated Civil Rights Group | Charity & Security Network
    of Common Ground Relief a nonprofit providing relief for victims of hurricane disasters in the Gulf of Mexico region the suit seeks to uncover the FBI records pertaining to Brandan Darby s involvement with the group when he served as interim director in the mid 2000s Darby has publicly admitted to being a federal informant after it was revealed in 2009 that he helped the FBI spy on anti war activists during the Republican National Convention in Minnesota According to nola com Darby has said that Common Ground was not the focus of any federal investigation The spokeswoman for the FBI s New Orleans office said she was aware of the lawsuit but declined to comment because it is pending litigation Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Lawsuit_Alleges_Government_Spy_Infiltrated_Group (2016-02-16)
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  • Mixed Ruling in Lawsuit Seeking To Shed Light On FBI Investigation Manual | Charity & Security Network
    to withhold the information under FOIA rules In his ruling U S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected this argument saying The court is not convinced that such a limited review is sufficient to satisfy the requirements of the public domain doctrine However he also ruled that the FBI s nearly wholesale redaction of Chapter 16 of the DIOGs a chapter about undisclosed participation by undercover FBI informants in community and religious groups was enough to have the government to submit a more specific affidavit providing additional details in support of its extensive redactions in this chapter The court got it right when it ordered the FBI to provide specific details to support its wholesale redaction of Chapter 16 which governs the use of undercover FBI agents and informants in mosques churches synagogues and other religious and political gatherings said Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera in a statement emailed to Politico Given the continued revelations of law enforcement infiltration of mosques student groups and businesses without evidence of criminal activity we remain hopeful that the court will find that the FBI has over reached and order that this chapter be released in its entirety she added Although unavailable to the public reports indicate the DOIG grants FBI agents the power to use surveillance teams to investigate individuals and organizations without a search warrant the opening of a formal investigation or any evidence of prior wrongdoing A Justice Department spokesman said its lawyers are reviewing Sullivan s ruling and have no further comment at this time Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Mixed_Ruling_FBI_DIOG (2016-02-16)
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  • Activist Group Wins Internet Free Speech Ruling | Charity & Security Network
    associate safe from the prying eyes of the government corporations and fundamentalist churches and law firms said Larry Hildes one of RiseUp net s attorneys The case stems from 2008 when several members of Bash Back disrupted a church service in Lansing Michigan The church sued and subpoenaed RiseUp net which hosted the group s email list RiseUp net refused to provide the information Google was subpoenaed in the same case and surrendered the information immediately without notifying the accountholders Attorneys for the church claimed that the RiseUp net users did not deserve protection because their speech was not patriotic free speech To assert that some speech is unpatriotic and therefore unworthy of full First Amendment protection is an affront to this nation s venerated principles of fostering robust debate said National Lawyers Guild Executive Director Heidi Boghosian Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/riseup_wins_internet_free_speech_ruling (2016-02-16)
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  • Conservative Groups Ask Congress to Update the 4th Amendment Protections for the Digital Age | Charity & Security Network
    communications device Persuade a court that demands for information about the parties with whom an individual has communicated are relevant and material to a criminal investigation and Demonstrate to a court that the information it seeks through a bulk data request pertaining to an entire class of users is needed for a criminal investigation Groups signing the letter included TechFreedom FreedomWorks Campaign for Liberty Washington Policy Center Liberty Coalition and the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights Documents Obtained by EFF Reveal FBI Patriot Act Abuses Background information about the expiring Patriot provisions Other possible FBI violations of Patriot powers Documents obtained through multiple Freedom of Information Act FOIA requests offer details about at least one possible FBI violation involving Patriot Act provisions According to a March 31 2011 Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee heavily redacted documents released by the Department of Justice and Central Intelligence Agency offer evidence that the FBI monitored the conversations of young children for approximately five days after a roving wiretap was authorized The roving wiretap is one of three Patriot Act surveillance provisions that are set to expire on May 27 Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Conservatives_Ask_Congress_Update_4th_Amendment (2016-02-16)
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  • DOJ Appeals Warrantless Wiretapping Ruling | Charity & Security Network
    appeal seeks to overturn the first court ruling that the government had illegally wiretapped U S citizens under the warrantless wiretapping program started during the Bush administration All previous lawsuits over the program had been unsuccessful lacking public evidence of the illegal surveillance On March 31 2010 U S District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled there was enough evidence to show the government s interception of telephone communications between Al Haramain lawyers Wendell Belew and Asim Ghafoor to be outside of the bounds of judicial scrutiny and in conflict with surveillance rules set by congress The government was ordered to pay more than 2 5 million in lawyer fees and damages Click here for background information about this lawsuit Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search form Search Stay Up To Date Subscribe Publications The Latest News C SN Joins More Than 50 Orgs in Raising Concerns About UN s Work on Preventing Violent Extremism February 8

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/DOJ_Appeals_Warrantless_Wiretapping_Ruling (2016-02-16)
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  • Government Wants Access to Wiretap Internet | Charity & Security Network
    software that enables person to person communication must redesign services to permit interception Not all of the details of the proposed bill have been determined Questions about the scope and cost of the changes and affect on foreign companies remain unanswered Jeanette Hofmann an Internet specialist at the Social Science Research Center Berlin says the proposal not only threatens freedom of speech but might alter the way people use the Internet We use encryption technologies with many transactions over the Internet on a daily basis And these transactions wouldn t be secure any longer if backdoors would have to be built in she said It also concerns trivial things like shopping she told a German newspaper Valerie Capronie the general counsel for the FBI said the motivation is not an expansion of authority but rather about preserving our ability to execute our existing authority in order to protect the public safety and national security Many civil rights and electronic group advocates see it differently Lawful intercept systems built under current laws have already been abused for unlawful spying by governments and criminals said Seth Schoen staff technologist at Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF Intentionally weakening security and including back doors is a recipe for disaster he added Marc Rotenberg executive director of Electronic Privacy Information Center called this proposal unnecessary because the standards for issuing warrants have been lowered since 9 11 and there are other ways to investigate crimes and terrorist threats This view that law enforcement is being left in the dark by technology is a myth Rotenberg said The balance has swung radically toward enhanced law enforcement powers For them to argue that it s still not enough is just unbelievable he said This is not the first time the Obama administration has pushed to increase its authority

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Government_Wants_Access_Wiretap_Internet (2016-02-16)
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  • Governor Apologizes for State Treating Activists as Terrorists | Charity & Security Network
    ITRR was setup to inform state police and homeland security agents about credible threats to critical infrastructure around the state An August bulletin included information about anti drilling protestors planning on attending a public hearing about an upcoming natural gas drilling company The 12 page bulletin included security concerns about anarchists and Black Power radicals and labeled Burn the Confederate Flag Day the Jewish high holidays and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan as possible security risks The bulletin was distributed to law enforcement throughout the state and to private companies including ones that do drilling This triggered outrage from anti drilling activists who accused the state of serving as a security agent for energy companies I remember when Iran Iraq and North Korea were enemies of the state said Eric Epstein a Harrisburg area activist When did Lassie Mother Nature and vegetarians become the Axis of Evil he asked ITRR did not respond to media inquiries nor release a statement in response to their contract termination Its website says they are experts in providing counter terrorism training seminars and security specialization Despite a July report about state authorized bulletins identifying anti gun and pro education protestors as security concerns Rendell said he had been unaware of the one year contract Protesting against an idea a principle a process is not a real threat against infrastructure Protesting is a God given American right a right that is in our Constitution a right that is fundamental to all we believe in as Americans Rendell added The events in Pennsylvania raise questions about the information that other states and their security contractors might be gathering on political activists In July 2008 Maryland State Police had spied on anti war and anti death penalty activists for more than a year The federal Department

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Governor_Apologizes_for_State_Treating_Activists_as_Terrorists (2016-02-16)
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