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  • Senate & House Vote to Extend Patriot Act Provisions 90 Days | Charity & Security Network
    go to the House If Congress does not act the provisions would expire on Feb 28 In the run up to the deadline several lawmakers have called for further debate to offer amendments and increase civil liberty safeguards Senator Rand Paul R KY said in a statement that the extension provides an opportunity to explain why the Constitution is being violated We should talk about how we do not have to give up who we are in order to fight terrorism It is not acceptable to willfully ignore the most basic provisions of our Constitution in this case the Fourth and First Amendments in the name of security Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy D VT said With the three month extension we will be able to consider the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act of 2011 and improve authorities that are otherwise set to expire Our bill can promote transparency and expand privacy and civil liberties safeguards in the law It will increase judicial oversight of government surveillance powers that capture information on Americans On Feb 11 Representative Tom McClintock R CA called the Patriot Act dangerous and said A year ago I made a terrible mistake and voted to extend those provisions of the Patriot Act But the more that I learned the more that I researched it became crystal clear to me this that this is not only an affront to our bill of rights but it s a fundamental challenge to our freedom The expiring provisions grant authority for roving wiretaps on terror suspects Another provision allows for the examination of a terror suspect s personal and business records The third provision permits surveillance of lone wolf suspects those who act alone who may not be associated with a terrorist organization For more infomration about the surveillence

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Senate_Patriot_Act_90_days (2016-02-16)
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  • Dueling Patriot Act Reauthorization Bills Differ on Safeguards, Timing | Charity & Security Network
    these provisions would expire Leahy s bill would expire at the end of December 2013 after the 2012 election cycle while the Rogers bill would extend the three expiring provisions until Feb 29 2012 In a statement released on Jan 26 Leahy said that one year extension was selected deliberately to try to force a debate over national security in an election year The Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Lamar Smith R TX who supports Roger s bill said the short term extension is a step toward the long term reauthorization It gives Congress time for an open and meaningful debate about the provisions The third difference is that Leahy s bill would impose a Dec 31 2013 sunset on the use of controversial National Security Letters NSL These letters which allow federal law enforcement to demand personal records from Internet providers financial institutions and other sources generally considered to keep personal data private are not subject to judicial review They were meant to target investigation of foreigners but the FBI has used them to collect information about U S citizens A 2008 Department of Justice report confirmed that the FBI regularly abused their ability to obtain personal records of Americans without a warrant A January 2010 report from the DOJ Inspector General found continuing problems In December 2009 a nearly identical bill to Leahy s was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support However it was not voted on by the full Senate Instead the Senate passed a straight extension without the oversight measures that is set to expire on Feb 28 In March 2010 Leahy wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to address his concerns about abuses of Patriot Act powers and sought the implementation of privacy and civil liberties provisions without legislation

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Dueling_Patriot_Act_Reauthorization_Bills_Differ (2016-02-16)
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  • DOJ Says Protections on Patriot Powers In Place, Others Want More Debate | Charity & Security Network
    bill included several measures to reign in the widespread abuse of Patriot Act surveillance powers by law enforcement The full Senate did not hold a vote on S 1692 choosing instead to reauthorize the provisions without added protections for American civil liberties The President signed a one year extension of the three sections in February In March Leahy wrote a letter to Holder asking the DOJ to enforce the safeguards proposed in S 1692 saying it would be a mistake to wait yet another year before the Administration implements these reforms Existing protections identified in Holder s letter include A policy mandating the Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI retain a statement of the specific facts that the information sought is relevant to an authorized investigation before obtaining a National Security letter NSL Procedures to notify recipients of NSLs of their opportunity to contest any nondisclosure requirement The creation of procedures on Oct 1 2010 governing the Collection Use and Storage of Information derived from National Security Letters In response to Holder s letter Leahy issued a statement on Dec 9 saying I still believe that these important oversight and accountability provisions should be enacted in law but I appreciate that by implementing key measures in the bill the Department of Justice has embraced the need for oversight and transparency Julian Sanchez a research fellow at the CATO Institute says the oversight Holder s letter describes is not a victory for civil liberty advocates Instead it paves the way for Congress to reauthorize expiring provisions of the Patriot Act without holding a meaningful debate about the serious abuses of Patriot powers and protecting the privacy and freedom of Americans Many of the milder reforms proposed during the last reauthorization debate now appear to have been voluntarily adopted by Holder Unfortunately this

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/DOJ_Says_Protections_on_Patriot_Powers_In_Place%2C_Others_Want_More_Debate (2016-02-16)
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  • Senator Asks DOJ for Patriot Act Oversight | Charity & Security Network
    an excuse to defer implementation of the important civil liberties and enhanced accountability provisions that received the support of the Administration We should work together to ensure that these important accountability provisions are realized without delay Leahy said Additional privacy protections were included in the reauthorization bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in October 2009 but was never voted on by the full Senate Safeguards included new reporting requirements when using certain surveillance measures and calls for notifying Congress when the lone wolf provision is used The use of National Security Letters NSLs by the FBI to obtain individuals records without a court order was also targeted by the Committee In early 2010 a Department of Justice report found the FBI improperly obtained records using NSLs We now know that the National Security Letter authority was significantly misused Leahy said That is why I fought hard to retain a sunset for National Security Letters in our legislation in addition to an audit It is important that there be increased accountability for this authority he added Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Senator_Asks_DOJ_for_Patriot_Act_Oversight (2016-02-16)
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  • Revised Guidelines Lower FBI’s Surveillance Bar | Charity & Security Network
    obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showing widespread abuse by FBI agents targeting people and groups for investigation based on their race or religion The original DIOG required agents to open an inquiry before searching a law enforcement database for information on a particular individual Under the new rules agents may conduct database searches without even opening an assessment so no record of these searches will exist This opens the door to potential abuses of power making it more difficult to discover if an agent has improperly used one or more of these searches for personal reasons In the wake of several troubling reports of FBI agents infiltrating advocacy organizations and mosques including one from the Department of Justice groups have filed a lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI methods for collecting domestic intelligence Michael German a former FBI agent now working at the ACLU said of the revised guidelines It is an extraordinarily broad grant of power to an agency that has not proven it uses its power in an appropriate manner 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/DIOGII_revised_guidelines (2016-02-16)
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  • Expanded FBI Surveillance Powers Raise Serious Privacy Concerns | Charity & Security Network
    Summer 2010 The FBI is claiming the authority to investigate people without actually opening an investigation or assessment or even having a reason to suspect someone has done anything wrong This opens the door to all kinds of abuses said ACLU policy analyst and former FBI agent Mike German According to the New York Times the 2011 version of the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide will allow FBI agents to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention without firm evidence for suspecting criminal or terrorist activity Another change will permit agents to search people s trash for evidence of criminal activity and to use information found in a subject s trash to put pressure on that person to assist the government in the investigation of others The use of government spies in California mosques and activist groups in Washington and the Midwest have been widely condemned as having a chilling effect on freedoms of assembly association and religious expression Since the release of the Guidelines in 2008 the assessment category has been criticized by civil liberties advocates because of its low standard for beginning an investigation of a person or a group The FBI has opened thousands of such low level investigations since then with the vast majority not generating information that justified opening more extensive investigations Julian Sanchez a fellow at the Cato Institute said the rules could open the door to abuse since agents will be allowed to do more investigation without any oversight We re going to see sort of a death by a thousand cuts of civil liberties here Sanchez said 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Expanded_FBI_Surveillance_Powers_Serious_Privacy_Concerns (2016-02-16)
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  • FBI Documents Left During Raid Reveal Political Nature of Investigation | Charity & Security Network
    the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Both groups are designated terrorist organizations by the U S government Authorities have not made the basis of the investigations public but many of the activists believe it is an attempt to stifle their rights of free speech and assembly One of the subpoenaed activists who spoke at the press conference Jess Sundin said the documents confirm what I have been saying since Sept 24 about this case I am being targeted for who I know and what I believe specifically for my work in solidarity with Colombia work that has always been open public and legal Sundin said her trip to Colombia was not to provide money or weapons to FARC It obviously wasn t illegal in Colombia to travel there and I wrote about it when I got back she said It wasn t a secret trip The document says they are looking into our travel I don t understand why that should be a basis for investigation of criminal activity It shouldn t be Included among the documents were a set of questions that presumably would be used by federal agents to interrogate the activists Many of the questions were related to their political activities and associations Questions included Do you have a red name What do you do with the proceeds from the Revolutionary Lemonade Stand Are you aware it s illegal to give money to any part of a designated terrorist organization even a charitable part Do you own a gun What s your husband s immigration status What do you think of terrorist groups Do you support them The Associated Press is reporting an FBI spokesman has confirmed the papers are genuine and were left behind by mistake According to a statement made by the activists

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/FBI_Documents_Reveal_Political_Nature_of_Investigation (2016-02-16)
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  • Bank Closes Account of Chicago Activist | Charity & Security Network
    and that the Bank Secrecy Act barred any release of his or his wife s assets The Committee to Stop FBI Repression quickly mobilized a call in campaign to U S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald who is heading the Chicago grand jury investigation and the U S Department of Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control with demands that the Abudayyeh s funds be released Both denied freezing the account On Tuesday May 10 the bank informed Abudayyeh that the funds had been frozen by the bank itself which was dropping the family as a customer The bank said the family s assets would be returned to them by check Abudayyeh s attorney Michael Deutsch said In my opinion the bank did not act out of the blue I suspect that the FBI and U S Attorney investigation caused the bank to overreact and illegally freeze the Abudayyehs banking accounts that had been there for over a decade 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

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