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  • Muslim Advocates Lawsuit Seeks FBI Surveillance Guidelines on Charities and Mosques | Charity & Security Network
    asked to return the document before the session ended According to Politico in the months following the meeting Muslim Advocates filed Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain the Guidelines They were rebuffed by the FBI which claimed the DIOG were under review for disclosure but they have never been made public The edited version of the DIOG made public on Sept 25 left many analysts puzzled and concerned about the missing information David Sobel Senior Counsel at EFF said he found some of the deletions to be very troubling including a section that authorizes assessments which he noted can be undertaken with no particular factual predication Americans have the right to know the basic surveillance policies used by federal investigators and how their privacy is or is not being protected he added Other key deleted sections that Muslim Advocates and EFF identified include The redaction of almost the entirety of a section about undisclosed participation by the FBI in domestic organizations p 242 and on A section that appears to permit mapping of ethnic minority groups for a variety of reasons p 32 These policies have been in effect for more than six months and could have great impact on ordinary Americans lives said Sobel The FBI must follow the law and release these guidelines to the public In early 2009 American Muslims in California filed a suit claiming the FBI had used a spy to infiltrate their mosque collect personal information and threaten a parishioner with immigration problems if he did not cooperate with the investigation Similar incidents also occurred in St Louis and Michigan Echoing the apprehension of many American Muslims across the country Farhana Khera Executive Director of Muslim Advocates said T he American Muslim community has been under tremendous scrutiny since 9 11 American Muslims

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  • Court Orders Review of FBI Records on California Muslim Organizations as New Complaints Emerge in 2 States | Charity & Security Network
    It will show why they ve surveilled people and we think it might show they re surveilling people based on their religion This ruling comes in the wake of a steady decline in relations between the FBI and American Muslim groups In March 2009 the American Muslim Taskforce a coalition of Islamic groups said they may boycott cooperation with FBI investigations after learning that a paid FBI informant was discovered in a southern California mosque More Revelations of FBI Surveillance Targeting Muslim Organizations Concerns over the FBI informant in the California mosque have raised a red flag for many American Muslim groups and individuals who feel the FBI is targeting them for their religious beliefs The Somali Muslim community in particular feels that they are under siege by law enforcement explained a spokesman for CAIR describing the situation for Somali Muslims in the St Louis Missouri area Repeated government intrusions of local Somali owned businesses racial profiling and the use of questionable tactics to investigate a possible terrorist recruitment plan had made many American Muslim advocacy groups and local Somali Muslims feel threatened by the FBI Approximately 2 500 Somali Muslims live in the St Louis area Several have reported to local and national American Muslim advocacy groups that they have been contacted by the FBI to share information about fellow community members or threatened with immigration problems if they do not cooperate with FBI investigations They want some constant contact who will tell them news frequently what s going on in the community who s doing what if there is are any guests coming along doing fundraising said an official for the Masjid Bilal mosque in St Louis In Michigan American Muslim leaders asked U S Attorney general Eric Holder to investigate claims that the FBI sought out community

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Court_Review_FBI_Records_California_Muslims (2016-02-16)
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  • Frustration Toward FBI Boils Over for American Muslim Groups | Charity & Security Network
    espoused a violent ideology with members of mosques across southern California He claims to have recorded thousands of hours of conversations between Muslims in their homes restaurants and mosques in southern California The FBI would neither confirm nor deny that Monteilh was used to spy on California mosques Monteilh s spying ended after Niazi and other members of the Islamic Centre of Irvine grew suspicious of him and contacted the authorities asking for a restraining order against him The FBI then began to investigate Niazi and sought his services as an informant according to the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections which has formally filed a complaint with the FBI His refusal led to his arrest on immigration issues Nizai has pleaded not guilty to the charges The spying has resulted in a chilling effect on worshippers at mosques and their donations Many Muslims have decided to avoid attending public services and several mosques have reported a decline in zakat donations Boycott of FBI Mulled by American Muslim Organizations The report of the informant is the latest point of contention between American Muslim organizations and the FBI The troubled relationship worsened after the FBI distanced itself from CAIR in 2008 The FBI cited a number of distinct narrow issues that it has refused to make public as cause for severing relations with CAIR s 30 field offices in 19 states Many in the American Muslim community believe the inclusion of CAIR as one of the 300 Muslim groups or individuals named as unindicted coconspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation trial as the primary factor On March 17 the American Muslim Taskforce AMT released a statement endorsed by the American Muslim Alliance Council on American Islamic Relations Muslim American Society Islamic Circle of North America Muslim Student Association MSA West and more than 30 other mosques and Muslim groups The statement said recent incidents targeting American Muslims lead us to consider suspending ongoing outreach efforts with the FBI The waning days of the previous administration witnessed a flourishing of anti Muslim activity These McCarthy era tactics are detrimental to a free society The Muslim Public Affairs Council MPAC which did not sign on to AMT s statement released its own statement on March 25 that echoes the AMT criticism of the FBI but stopped short of calling for a boycott Salam Al Marayati executive director of MPAC said We believe it s too important for our community s interest and America s interest to leave the table But the damage was done when the FBI planted the agent FBI Director Dodges Questions at Senate Hearing On March 25 the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Sen Russ Feingold D WI asked Mueller if he could determine and report to this committee whether mosques have been entered by FBI agents or informants and if so how many Mueller responded that the FBI does not focus on institutions we focus on individuals

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Frustration_FBI_Muslim_Groups (2016-02-16)
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  • Massachusetts State Bill Calls For Oversight on Fusion Center | Charity & Security Network
    data gathering activities of the state s Commonwealth Fusion Center CFC Like other fusion centers across the country CFC does not have an independent privacy board but acts as a warehouse for data from public and private sources This information is made available to a broad range of law enforcement agencies in the state without clear guidelines on what information is to be collected or for how long it is to be stored The many concerns about fusion centers including their surveillance operations on places of worship and on peaceful political activists are discussed in the ACLU s report What s Wrong with Fusion Centers Additionally the ACLU released another report in 2008 criticizing the CFC s Standard Operating Procedures which allows police officers to attend public meetings to gather intelligence even when there is no reasonable suspicion of illegal activity They cited an incident at Harvard University where a plain clothes officer was caught photographing people at a peaceful protest for intelligence gathering purposes According to the Daily Kos the CFC operates with virtually no independent oversight no regular compliance audits and without quality controls The bill would establish a body to conduct regular data protection and privacy oversight on the fusion center Headed by a commissioner the new office would be independent of any supervision or control by any executive agency and have access and oversight over all the facilities activities It would issue regular reports and would have the power of subpoena The bill would also allow individuals to view and correct information about themselves held by the fusion center s database Carol Rose executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts said in a press release p roviding law enforcement officers with uniform clear standards that safeguard the rights of all Massachusetts residents and maintaining strong oversight

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/State_Bill_Calls_Fusion_Center (2016-02-16)
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  • Fusion Center Analyst “Caught” Spying on Peace Protestors | Charity & Security Network
    conversations as a participant and one of several administers of OPMR electronic communications According to several Olympia based activists Towery has admitted the information he collected was shared with an intelligence network that included county sheriffs from Pierce Thurston and other WA counties municipal police agencies from Tacoma Olympia Seattle and elsewhere WA State Police the US Army FBI Homeland Security Joint Terrorism Task Force and Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE Agency and other agencies He also reportedly admitted that additional government spies exist but provided no further details Based on the information he clandestinely collected preemptive arrests of several protestors were made during a March 2007 anti war protest attended by OPMR members OPMR member Drew Hendricks said When the government is caught spying on its citizens it tends to chill the ability of people to freely associate and directly impacts their First Amendment rights Emails sent to The Olympian from the Fusion Cell s spokesman Joseph Piek confirmed Towery s employment at the military base John Towery performs sensitive work within the installation law enforcement community read part of Piek s email Piek also said an internal investigation into the matter had been started A former judge advocate for the Coast Guard and the president of the National Institute of Military Justice Eugene R Fidell questioned whether military surveillance operations targeted on peaceful protestors is a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act which restricts the Army from conducting domestic law enforcement activities Responding to news reports of Towery s spying Fidell said he believes there is enough to think that there s a domestic spying program at Fort Lewis he said And if there is that s a big deal Despite these allegations a July 30 2009 editorial from the New York Times said Homeland Security Secretary Janet

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Fusion_Center_Analyst_Caught_Spying_Protestors (2016-02-16)
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  • House Hearing on Fusion Centers; ACLU Calls for DHS Investigation | Charity & Security Network
    witnesses to address what by my lights are alarmist and over the top claims However the other witnesses and questions from committee members failed to do so Fein a public affairs consultant with the Litchfield Group testified that Fusion centers dampen and cast a cloud over free speech and association Their intelligence collection efforts insinuate that political dissent is unpatriotic or dangerous and threaten to make dissenters targets for law enforcement or candidates for terrorism watch lists As examples he cited a report from the North Central Texas Fusion Center that urged investigations of lobbying activities by groups promoting religious tolerance and a 2008 program developed by the Los Angeles Police Department that requires information collection on 65 activities including non criminal actions such as using binoculars or taking video footage with no apparent esthetic value Noting Constitutional principles and several Supreme Court cases on the First Amendment Fein says the solution to these problems is to close fusion centers which have no serious quality controls because few if any are fit to separate the terrorist wheat from the innocuous chaff Although fusion center officials from both Texas and Los Angeles testified they did not address the civil liberties and privacy issues However David Gersten of DHS s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties did He testified that fusion centers in general could invoke civil liberties issues but ignored the examples of problems by saying the reality has not borne out the theories that have been advanced by some concerning fusion centers activities Despite this his said we must be very careful to ensure that the Government is not infringing or chilling an individual s right to speak freely and protest He provided an example of the need for right sizing government responses to protests with an example of

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Hearing_Fusion_Centers_ACLU_Investigation (2016-02-16)
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  • More Revelations of FBI Infiltration of Protest Groups at 2008 Republican Convention | Charity & Security Network
    as a white man in his 20s who had recently moved to Iowa from Mississippi attending protest events called Queer Block and Bash Back About 25 Iowa City activists participated in the St Paul demonstrations but only one was arrested and the charges were later dropped But after learning of the covert surveillance employed by the FBI and police departments many of the activists were surprised and critical Robert Ehl a resident of Iowa City who was among the protestors said It s pretty ridiculous to be watching small peace groups in Iowa David Goodner a senior at the University of Iowa said There is no justification for spying on nonviolent pacifist groups Our road blockade at the RNC and our peaceful preparations beforehand are protected under the First Amendment of the U S Constitution We have the right to speak out against the policies of our government The criminalization of dissent and militarization of society are the actions of a police state and they take valuable resources away from providing for unmet social needs The FBI s motives and methods are extremely unethical and go against basic American values This is not an isolated incident In May 2009 two young Austin Texas men were sentenced to federal prison for allegedly making Molotov cocktails intended for use at the Republican convention One of the men David Guy McKay who was handed a 48 month sentence claimed that they acted in response to an undercover FBI informant Brandon Darby who was the first to suggest making bombs Further background about this case can be found here The undercover sheriff s deputy from Minnesota travelled to Iowa City with two members of a group called the RNC Welcoming Committee to attend a Midwest anti war conference held at the University of Iowa

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/More_Revelations_FBI_Infiltration_Protest_Groups_2008_Republican_Convention (2016-02-16)
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  • Preemptive Arrests at RNC Threaten Political Organization | Charity & Security Network
    were prior to the September convention as an attempt to undermine anti RNC protests in St Paul The 8 activists now known as the RNC8 are being charged with Count 1 conspiracy to riot in the second degree in furtherance of terrorism Count 2 conspiracy to riot in the second degree without terrorism enhancement Count 3 conspiracy to damage property in furtherance of terrorism Count 4 conspiracy to damage property without terrorism enhancement It is believed to be the first time charges have been filed using Minnesota s version of the Patriot Act Their next court date is on Wednesday December 17th at 1 00pm A website with a petition asking the Minnesota Governor Susan Gaertner to dismiss the charges a video featuring the arrested activists and their backgrounds and more is available here 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

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