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  • Lower Standards for Domestic Surveillance Leads to Thousands Targeted by FBI | Charity & Security Network
    relaxed rules that govern the FBI s standards as fostering an environment ripe for abuse The New York Times obtained the data after filing a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act According to FBI guidelines which went into effect in December 2008 no particular factual predication about a subject is required to open an assessment Agents are permitted to use ethnicity religion or speech protected by the First Amendment as a factor in determining who they target The guidelines also permit the use of confidential informers to infiltrate organizations and the following and photographing of people in public places Some of the information agents collect remains in law enforcement databases indefinitely Privacy advocates contend that the large number of assessments did not turn up signs of wrongdoing demonstrates that the FBI guidelines contain too low a threshold for starting an inquiry Michael German Policy Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union said These are investigations against completely innocent people that are now bound up within the F B I s intelligence system forever German and other privacy advocates have called for stronger standards What they should be doing is working within stricter guidelines that help them focus on real threats rather than spending time chasing shadows he said This finding comes on months after a September 2010 report by the DOJ Inspector General found the FBI had improperly monitored anti war and environmental activists between 2001 and 2006 According to the report FBI agents investigated activists for factually weak reasons and even placed individuals from some of the groups on terrorism watch lists 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Lower_Standards_Domestic_Surveillance_Thousands_Targeted_FBI (2016-02-16)
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  • Lawsuit Alleges FBI Informant Used Indiscriminate Surveillance At California Mosques | Charity & Security Network
    or return of information the FBI collected According to the lawsuit between 2006 2007 the FBI hired and paid Craig Monteilh to spy on members of the Islamic Center of Irvine and other Southern California mosques He was told by FBI agents that Islam was a threat to America s national security and to collect e mail address phone numbers and other pertinent information about mosque members Using the alias Farouk al Aziz he regularly attended services and events to collect the information and record conversations he had with mosque members in their homes and other places After news about the spying became public several mosques reported that members began avoiding public services and there was a decrease in religious donations This had a chilling effect on the Muslim community said Nura Maznavi a lawyer for Muslim Advocates The FBI sent in someone with a criminal background to incite individuals in a place of worship As a result people didn t want to come to the mosque and pray FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said she could not comment on pending litigation but emphasized that the FBI does not target religious groups or individuals based on their religion Any investigation would be based on allegations of criminal activity she said However guidelines that oversee the FBI s surveillance operations were amended in 2008 to permit the monitoring of individuals or groups without evidence of wrong doing For more information about these guidelines click here Information collected by Monteilh led to a single case against an Irvine mosque member Ahmadullah Sais Niazi a naturalized US citizen from Afghanistan was charged with making false statements to obtain his citizenship The charge was eventually dismissed 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/Lawsuit_FBI_Informant_Surveillance_California_Mosques (2016-02-16)
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  • FBI Infiltrator of Anti-War Group Exposed As More Activists Face Subpoenas | Charity & Security Network
    an international solidarity group and began undertaking many of the groups responsibilities For two and a half years Officer Sullivan participated sometimes even serving as chairperson in weekly Anti War Committee meetings Sundin said Officer Sullivan had a key to this office which was later used by the FBI on Sept 24 to enter the office search it seize our computers financial records and other materials The FBI has not commented on Sullivan or her identity The U S Attorney s office in Chicago has said it will not comment on anything about the grand jury investigation related to material support of terrorism Sundin is one of the original 14 activists issued a subpoena during the FBI raids of Sept 24 2010 After triggering widespread protest the subpoenas were eventually cancelled In late 2010 however subpoenas were issued to 23 activists to appear before a grand jury in Chicago on Jan 25 All of the subpoenaed activists have said they will refuse to testify and protests around the country in support of the activists are expected to take place on the same day Sundin also blames the undercover agent for undermining a solidarity trip to the Palestinian states in the summer of 2009 S he was secretly working to sabotage the trip entirely Through her work reports were passed onto Israeli authorities who then barred entry to the two Minneapolis women traveling with Karen Sullivan Her action on behalf of the U S government deprived these women of their rights to travel association and dissent A September 2010 report by the Department of Justice Inspector General found the FBI had improperly monitored anti war and environmental activists between 2001 and 2006 The report found FBI agents placed activists on terrorism watch lists for factually weak reasons and had an impact

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/FBI_Infiltrator_AntiWar_Group_Exposed_Activists_Subpoenas (2016-02-16)
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  • FBI Asked to Stop Targeting Political Activists | Charity & Security Network
    in the communities in which they occur but also on the First Amendment rights of all Americans On Sept 24 the FBI searched six addresses in Minneapolis and two in Chicago serving grand jury subpoenas to 14 activists On the same day activists in California North Carolina and Wisconsin were also questioned by law enforcement The raids sparked country wide protests and all of the activists subpoenaed said they would refuse to testify if called The subpoenas were cancelled but on Nov 5 an attorney for the activists said three subpoenas had been re activated The November letter calls on Congress to initiate a robust investigation modeled on the Church Committee to examine FBI activities including the practice of targeting protected political speech and assembly It also asks the DOJ to amend the Attorney General s Guidelines and the FBI s implementing Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide DIOG to better respect fundamental constitutional protections The DIOG have drawn widespread criticism from civil liberty advocates since its inception in late 2008 An Oct 18 letter to U S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald from nearly 70 organizations elected officials and academics requests the FBI to stop covertly infiltrating legitimate political activities including assembly and protest W e ask that you stop investigating the protected and legitimate political activities of anti war and international solidarity activists This includes the use of undercover informants which should be halted immediately the letter said Masao Suzuki an activist who had been questioned by the FBI in California on Sept 24 said The government seems to be trying to criminalize the political view of these activists Both letters come on the heels of a September 2010 report by the Department of Justice DOJ Inspector General that found the FBI had improperly monitored anti war and environmental activists between

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/FBI_Asked_Stop_Targeting_Political_Activists (2016-02-16)
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  • After Wave of Protests, DOJ Cancels Subpoenas of 14 Anti-War Activists | Charity & Security Network
    activists subpoenaed Thistle Parker Hartog told the Star Tribune that w e are hearing from more of our brothers and sisters around the country that they too are being looked at Several news reports have noted that many of those subpoenaed or approached by the FBI were active in protests at the Republican National Convention in 2008 The fact that DOJ cancelled the subpoenas does not mean the investigation and grand jury proceedings are over The subpoenas could be re issued and those that are not targets of the investigation could be offered immunity leaving them with the choice of testifying or risk being held in contempt of court for refusing to do so Jim Fennerty a lawyer representing several of the activists told Chicago Public Radio that prosecutors can get the judge to order you to answer the questions If you don t answer the question you can be put in jail and held in civil contempt for the duration of the grand jury There s also a possibility later on they could charge you with criminal contempt Push Back from Anti War Civil Rights Religious and Free Speech Groups The Anti War Committee AWC one of the groups whose offices were searched put out call for members to re submit their contact information since the FBI took all their files and electronic equipment including computers and hard drives cell phones The board of directors of the Arab American Action Network whose executive director was the subject of one of the FBI searches and was subpoenaed to testify issued a statement saying The FBI has overstepped its boundaries and targeted individuals based on their commitment to peacefully challenge U S policies in Iraq Afghanistan Palestine and Colombia Many groups stepped forward to object to the investigation as an attempt to silence criticism of U S foreign policy The Muslim Public Affairs Council issued a statement expressing concern saying the FBI s connection between nonviolent work and material support of terrorism is disturbing and troubling for conscientious Americans concerned about policies that need to be addressed and need a place for public discourse A petition signed by many members of the Chicago faith community said the raids are a dangerous step to further criminalize dissent An overly broad definition of material support for terrorism in the June 2010 US Supreme Court ruling concerns us as people of faith who continue to be actively engaged in humanitarian work and peacemaking The Center for Constitutional Rights also posted an online petition addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder making three demands Hold the FBI and all intelligence and police agencies accountable to stopping the repression against anti war and international solidarity activists Immediately return all possessions taken from the activists homes computers cell phones papers documents etc End the illegitimate grand jury proceedings designed to intimidate and criminalize the targeted activists Between the date of the initial raids and the cancellation of the subpoenas there were protests at federal buildings around the country

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/After_Wave_of_Protests_DOJ_Cancels_Subpoenas_of_14_AntiWar_Activists (2016-02-16)
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  • Searches, Grand Jury Investigation Target Anti-War Activists in Chicago, Minneapolis | Charity & Security Network
    any payment provided directly or indirectly to Hatam Abudayyeh Kelly edits FightBack which has published articles by Abudayyeh The subpoena also seeks documents relating to Kelly s travel to Colombia Palestine Jordan Syria and Israel and any travel in connection with his work for the Freedom Road Socialist organization Dooley call the FBI action a fishing expedition In the Chicago home of Isobaker and Weiner a dozen agents took most of the day to conduct the search The FBI took their cell phones and 30 boxes of papers dating back to the 1970s Their attorney Melinda Power told the AP the warrant referred to unnamed terrorist organizations Weiner told the press she and Isobaker her husband are long time anti war and labor activists and viewed the search as an attempt to intimidate them On Sept 26 Abudeyyah s lawyer Jim Fennerty told the AP that at least half a dozen agents searched Abudeyyah s home while he was at the hospital with his seriously ill mother taking any documents with the word Palestine Fennerty also said he does not believe AAAN is the focus of the investigation Reaction has been swift In Chicago neighbors gathered around the Isobaker Weiner home to protest during the FBI search singing Give Peace a Chance A protest in Milwaukee was held the day of the searches The FightBack News website has a statement condemning the searches and calling for protests which are scheduled at FBI offices or federal buildings in 19 cities The Defending Dissent Foundation and Bill of Rights Defense Committee have both called for protests Conspiracy theory bloggers have already patched together a guilt by association article connecting Abudayyeh to a variety of left wing organizations characterizing his criticism of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights as support for terrorism See here Material Support Free Speech Protest Advocacy and the Supreme Court s Humanitarian Law Project Decision The Sept 26 AP story noted that Several activists said they thought the searches amounted to fishing expeditions in light of a recent U S Supreme Court decision In that case Holder v Humanitarian Law Project the court held that it is constitutional for Congress to include a broad range of interactions with designated terrorist groups including attempts at peace building and support for non violence in the definition of prohibited material support of terrorism However the court s opinion also said the prohibition does not apply to pure political speech and that the statute is carefully drawn to cover only a narrow category of speech to under the direction of or in coordination with foreign groups that the speaker knows to be terrorist organizations p 21 of opinion However there is no definition of what is coordinated leaving room for overly broad interpretations In addition there have been problems with the government seeking sanctions for interactions with people or groups that are not on the U S list For example leaders of the Holy Land Foundation were convicted of material support for providing

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Searches_FBI_Anti_War_Activists (2016-02-16)
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  • Senate Hearing Looks at Problems with FBI Surveillance Guidelines | Charity & Security Network
    misspoken The FBI must have a proper purpose before conducting surveillance but suspicion of wrongdoing is not required he said Asked about the cheating scandal Mueller said he was unsure how widespread the problem was I ve got a general idea but I do not know how many he said The Justice Department Inspector General is investigating whether hundreds of agents cheated on a test to measure their comprehension of the rules outlined in the DIOG In one case agents in Columbia South Carolina said they received permission to use a copy of the test as a study guide in advance of the exam Depending on the results of the investigation into the cheating scandal agents could face serious consequences In 2009 the head of the FBI s Washington field office that investigates congressional wrongdoing retired after allegations surfaced that he cheated on the exam I am confident that the testing and the continuous training we have has put our workplace and our people in a position to fully know and understand the opportunities but also the limitations of what we can do Mueller testified Michael German policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union said civil liberties groups are concerned about both activities permitted by the DIOG such as infiltrating religious groups based on no criminal wrongdoing and the FBI agents understanding of them They re not actually even doing their homework to know what the rules say said German also and a former FBI agent If the training and oversight themselves are inefficient or are ineffective then obviously that s just one more example of how internal oversight is not enough he added Approved in late 2008 the DIOG are the standards and procedures that guide all the FBI s domestic operations including counterterrorism and counterintelligence Civil liberty

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Senate_Hearing_Looks_Problems_with_FBI_Surveillance_Guidelines (2016-02-16)
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  • ACLU Requests FBI Records on Racial Profiling | Charity & Security Network
    group Muslim Advocates MA said in an interview on July 26 the DIOG is quite an invasive data collection system It s based on generalized suspicion and fear on the part of law enforcement not on individualized evidence of criminal activity said Khera Khera said the FBI has lowered the bar for sending undercover agents or informants into mosques and has enabled the gathering of data about Muslims charitable giving practices financial transactions and jobs FOIA requests have been previously used to learn more about the FBI s information collecting activities Documents released by the Department of Defense in Feb 2010 in response to a FOIA request filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in July 2009 revealed the FBI improperly collected and disseminated intelligence on Planned Parenthood and other activist groups across the country In a press release ACLU policy counsel Michael German said Creating a profile of a neighborhood for criminal law enforcement or domestic intelligence purposes based on the ethnic makeup of the people who live there or the types of businesses they run is unfair un American and will certainly not help stop crime The FBI has not responded to multiple requests for comment The DIOG has been on the radar of civil liberty and privacy advocates since they viewed a complete draft version in a meeting with FBI in Nov 200 8 In the months that followed a Freedom of Information Act request was filed by MA to view the DIOG but was rebuffed by the FBI Since its implementation in Dec 2008 a heavily edited version of the Guidelines was made public in Sept 2009 and a less redacted copy was made available in Jan 2010 in response to a lawsuit filed by MA The FOIA requests were filed by the ACLU affiliates in Alabama

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