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  • Documents Reveal Rampant Government Surveillance on Washington State Activists | Charity & Security Network
    warning a police department of public records requests by a local activist group Intelligence files from March 2007 containing photographs birthdates and other information about Seattle Rainforest Action Group SEARAG members Notes from a February 7 2008 Homeland Security Committee meeting about a coffee shop started by a veterans group called GI Voice A military report from Sept 27 2006 about the plans and political views of the Veterans for Peace a peaceful anti war group The ACLU also obtained heavily redacted documents from the U S Army Criminal Investigations Command about a former Fort Lewis employee who is accused of spying on activists from September 2007 through July 21 2009 Washington State peace activists allege John Towery posed as anarchist John Jacob at their public and private meetings infiltrated their group and collected private information that was later shared with several law enforcement agencies The findings of the Army s internal investigation into this matter were not included in documents released to the ACLU but Towery is a defendant in a federal civil lawsuit filed by an Olympia Port Militarization Resistance OlyPMR activist Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Documents_Reveal_Rampant_Government_Surveillance_on_Washington_State_Activists (2016-02-16)
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  • Breaking News: Judge Rules Warrantless Wiretap of U.S. Charity Unconstitutional | Charity & Security Network
    the case is available here A detailed summary will be posted on the Charity and Security Network soon Attachment Size Order March 2010 AlHO pdf 93 54 KB 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Judge_Rules_Warrantless_Wiretap_of_US_Charity_Unconstitutional (2016-02-16)
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  • President Asked to Nominate Appointees to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board | Charity & Security Network
    calling for the President to appoint individuals immediately Excessive government intrusion into nonprofit programs is affected in procedures such as USAID s proposed Partner Vetting System As one of the 9 11 Commission report s recommendations the PCLOB was designed as one of the ways of reconciling security with liberty since the success of one helps protect the other The report called for the creation of the PCLOB to oversee adherence to the guidelines the 9 11 Commission recommends and the commitment the government makes to defend our civil liberties Joining the call for nominations Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy D Vt sent a letter to the White House on March 8 Having a fully functional Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is a key step in protecting the privacy and civil liberties of all Americans Leahy wrote Given the many pressing privacy and civil liberties issues facing our Nation including timely issues related to counterterrorism and cybersecurity policies this vital Board has remained vacant for far too long Representing one of the signatory groups Aishah Schwartz Director of the Muslim Writers Alliance said in a press release With the foiled 2009 Christmas Day bombing the President and Congress have called for sweeping policy and legal changes including the expansion of watch lists and more intrusive searches at airports adding to the urgency and absolute necessity of filling the PCLOB s empty seats The letter was signed by American Association of Law Libraries American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression American Civil Liberties Union American Library Association Arab American Institute Association of Research Libraries Bill of Rights Defense Committee Center for Democracy Technology Center for National Security Studies Council on American Islamic Relations The Constitution Project Defending Dissent Foundation DownsizeDC org Inc Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Privacy Information Center Federation

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Coalition_Letter_Urges_President_Nominate_Appointees_Privacy_Civil_Liberties_Oversight_Board (2016-02-16)
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  • Planned Parenthood & Others Targets of Unlawful Intelligence Collection Activities Between 2001-2008 | Charity & Security Network
    by a federal judge last December EFF is expecting to receive additional oversight reports from the CIA National Security Agency the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Defense in March 2010 According to EFF the document contains rarely disclosed intelligence oversight reports from several DoD departments Included in the document are reports stating the FBI improperly collected and disseminated intelligence on Planned Parenthood and a white supremacist group called the National Alliance as part of preparations for the 2002 Olympics The family planning clinic was targeted because of its involvement in protests and literature distribution according to a May 1 2002 memorandum from a Pentagon deputy inspector general The oversight report does not explain how the information was gathered but indicates that the collection was clearly outside the purview of military intelligence and should have been the jurisdiction of law enforcement The document reveals other examples of possibly illegal intelligence activities involving peace activists and protestors expressing their First Amendment rights According to The Progressive the North American Aerospace Defense Command NORAD conducted intelligence gathering operations on an anti war group Alaskans for Peace Justice which was planning a peaceful demonstration and disseminated the information in a command briefing Another possible violation involved a 2007 Pentagon document that noted a staff officer at the U S Army Reserve Command at Fort McPherson Georgia routinely collected and retained information from open sources concerning domestic U S person protest groups exercising their freedom of speech assembly The oversight report about that paper concluded that there was no indication that the information contained a foreign nexus or otherwise represented a legitimate force protection threat to the U S Army Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/planned_Parenthood_Targets_Unlawful_Intelligence_Collection (2016-02-16)
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  • EFF Forces Release of Documents Revealing Intelligence Gathering on Peaceful Advocacy | Charity & Security Network
    of Islam activists at an abortion rally in Wisconsin and a Muslim conference in Georgia were all subjects of intelligence reports written by Department of Homeland Security DHS analysts In all three cases homeland security officials expressed concern that there was insufficient evidence to begin any investigations and all of the reports were eventually retracted The documents obtained by EFF found An October 2007 report Nation of Islam Uncertain Leadership Succession Poses Risks should not have been written because the 180 day examination period had passed without uncovering evidence of terrorist activity DHS held a workshop on intelligence gathering while ensuring the protection of civil rights and civil liberties after this report was written A February 2009 threat assessment written by DHS for Wisconsin police in preparation for an abortion demonstration was criticized within the department because the advocacy groups were not terrorist threats The author of the report was given remedial training A March 2008 terrorism watch list that included several American citizens as speakers was created by DHS for a Muslim conference in Georgia DHS gathered the intelligence even though it did not have any evidence the conference or the speakers promoted radical extremism or terrorist activity and even though the speakers right to free speech is constitutionally protected I think it s a positive sign that these agencies responded to this and took steps to correct the situation said Marsha Hoffman a staff lawyer at EFF EFF also stated that a federal judge indicated during a hearing yesterday December 15 that she intends to order other intelligence agencies to produce similar documents to EFF by Feb 2 2010 We expect those disclosures to include reports from the CIA Department of Defense and the Defense Intelligence Agency Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/EFF_Documents_Revealing_Intelligence_Gathering_Peaceful_Advocacy (2016-02-16)
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  • Court Orders Author to Return CAIR Documents, Civic Participation Efforts Generate Fearful Response | Charity & Security Network
    responsible for policy that directly impacts the American Muslim community Other allegedly stolen materials include budget reports real estate records board meeting minutes strategy papers agendas and bank statements According to Courthouse News Gaubatz reproduced at least 19 of these documents in whole or in part in his book which claims that CAIR is a branch affiliate of Hamas Additionally he used his blog to post documents emails and memos along with clandestine audio and visual recordings of private meetings CAIR applauded the return of its materials We re glad that our stolen material will be returned to us CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said We ll continue with the legal effort to regain our rights and to challenge those who would use these kinds of methods to try and shut down a civil rights organization that s defending the American Muslim Community Hooper denied the memo on interns has any sinister intentions God forbid American Muslims take part in the political process and exercise their rights I suppose they re going to investigate the Muslim Staffers Association next In addition to advocating for more interns on Capitol Hill the memo outlines CAIR s strategy for developing stronger communications and outreach capabilities including improving their website On Oct 15 2009 four Republican Congressmen held a press conference promoting the book and accused CAIR of sending spies to work in congressional offices Speaking about the CAIR memo Rep Paul Brown R GA said the group is connected to or supports terrorists and is running influence operations or planting spies in key national security related offices The lawmakers believed the memo demonstrates CAIR s intentions to covertly influence legislation even though it is legal for any nonprofit to do so The other representatives at the press conference John Shadegg R AZ Trent Franks

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Court_Orders_Author_Return_CAIR_Documents (2016-02-16)
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  • (un)Patriot Act Turns Ten | Charity & Security Network
    the government s authority to monitor the activities of all Americans While many think it was created to catch terrorists the Patriot Act actually turns regular citizens into suspects READ Muslim Advocates Oct 2011 report Losing Liberty The State of Freedom 10 Years After the Patriot Act illustrates how charitable giving has suffered because of stifling fears and confusing regulations LISTEN NPR report on how the U S government uses the Patriot Act mainly for investigations that are not related to terrorism LEARN ACLU s surveillance timeline highlights major surveillance related developments since 9 11 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 2016 New Budget Language Intended to Rein In Partner Vetting System January 21 2016 Over 100 Nonprofits Ask FATF to Revise Recommendation 8 January

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/node/659 (2016-02-16)
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  • Privacy Concerns Ignored, Patriot Act Spying Powers Extended until 2015 | Charity & Security Network
    no accountability about how these powers are used In the days leading up to the vote on Patriot Act reauthorization members of the Senate Intelligence Committee raised concerns about the way the Department of Justice has used these powers When the American people find out how their government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act Sen Ron Wyden D OR said they will be stunned and they will be angry In response Sen Dianne Feinstein D CA chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee agreed to hold a hearing about these concerns in June Several Senators offered amendments to the three provisions that would allay some of the privacy concerns but none were passed and many did not receive a vote One amendment would have required the FBI to show a definite link to terrorism when it sought a court order requesting access to personal business records This is currently not a requirement meaning the government may demand access to business records ranging from a cell phone company s phone records to an individual s library history said Udall Another amendment that did not receive a vote was introduced by Sen Rand Paul R KY and would have required the government to identify the person or phone to be wiretapped Paul said Today s events further underscore the U S government s lack of transparency and accountability to the American people Despite the extension efforts to reform or end these provisions will continue Ten Senators have co sponsored the USA PATRIOT Act Improvements Act of 2011 S 1125 which would improve safeguards for civil liberties on some of the surveillance powers Lynne Bradley the American Library Association s director of the Office of Government Relations said I think the message is getting out there and Senators Leahy and Paul recognize the need

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/NEWS/Privacy_Concerns_Ignored_Patriot_Extended_2015%20 (2016-02-16)
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