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  • Report: Counterterrorism Apparatus Used to Monitor Occupy and NDAA Activists | Charity & Security Network
    government about the radical Islamic ties of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev The Boston Globe also reported that the FBI failed to share pertinent information about the Boston bombing suspect with the local fusion center a move that underscores criticism about the role and value of fusion centers in counterterrorism efforts The monitoring of citizens opposed to parts of the NDAA 2012 was also documented in the reports uncovered by DBA The FBI DHS U S Capitol Police intelligence personnel and various other counter terrorism personnel according to the report were actively engaged in the monitoring of protest activity related to the 2012 NDAA The report finds law enforcement action ironic because citizens protesting NDAA 2012 were protesting provisions of the law that would allow for the indefinite detention of U S citizens who are even suspected of aiding committing or plotting acts of terrorism hostilities or any other belligerent acts against the nation p 79 The National Defense Authorization Act allows the president of the United States to grab any single one of us and throw us into jail and deny us due process and access to a judge for as long as the president says so And so this is a huge clampdown on our civil liberties and people should be protesting it And it s ironic that people trying to defend their civil liberties are having their civil liberties violated at the same time Matt Rothschild editor of The Progressive magazine said in an interview about the report to Democracy Now Heavily funded municipal county state and federal counter terrorism agencies often acting in concert through state regional fusion centers the report finds view citizens engaged in movements of political and social dissent such as Occupy Wall Street as nothing less than nascent if not bona

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/counterterrorism_Apparatus_Used_Monitor_Occupy_NDAA_Activists (2016-02-16)
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  • Report: Terrorist Threats Uncovered by Traditional Police Work, Not NSA Surveillance | Charity & Security Network
    impacts on preventing terrorist related activity such as fundraising for a terrorist group This conclusion arises from a review of terrorism cases in the U S The report found that only around 8 percent of the cases were started because of information from bulk data collection There was evidence of only one case where terrorist activity was prevented thanks to information gleaned from NSA surveillance Less clear was the extent to which Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act was useful or not in terrorism investigations Section 702 allows for the content of phone calls to be recorded and stored so long as the NSA is at least 51 percent sure one of the callers is a non U S person But a lack of known details about the program made assessing its usefulness in terrorism investigations difficult according to the authors of the report A White House review panel s assessment of 702 suggested that it had produced significant information in many cases but the report authors cautioned that the assessment did not conclude if any investigation would have turned out differently without the use of section 702 authorities Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/New_America_Foundation_NSA_Data_Collection_Ineffective (2016-02-16)
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  • National Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations | Charity & Security Network
    and email records Concerns about the broad use of NSLs prompted the Inspector General to release three reports between 2007 and 2010 criticizing the FBI s casual use of the letters as well as a lack of judicial review Two circuit courts have reviewed NSLs finding their gag orders constitutionally suspect on the grounds that it violates freedom of speech A review group established by President Obama in the wake of the National Security Agency s data gathering program proposed changes to the current use of NSLs including limiting the use of collected information requiring that information collected and how it is used be made public in regular reports and that the gag orders on the recipients be issued only in cases involving human safety or substantial governmental concern 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

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/CRS_NSLs (2016-02-16)
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  • Human Rights Watch and ACLU Report Shows Impact of Mass Surveillance on Journalists and Lawyers | Charity & Security Network
    those that collect meta data on American s phone calls imped journalists ability to contact confidential sources Journalists interviewed in the report noted that government officials are substantially less willing to act as sources out of fear that they will lose their jobs if they are discovered to disclosed information to reporters This has forced many journalists to take painstaking efforts to protect their sources including encrypting emails using burner phones and only meeting in person According to the report journalists feel that rather than being treated as essential checks on government and partners in ensuring a healthy democratic debate they may be viewed as suspect for doing their jobs Lawyers have also expressed concerns that their principles are being impeded by surveillance Lawyers rely on the ability to exchange information freely with their clients in order to build trust and develop legal strategy particularly in criminal defense cases But many interviewed in the report felt that they no longer had confidentiality with their clients particularly when the government deemed there to be a national security interest in a case The result according to the report is the erosion of the right to counsel a pillar of procedural justice under human rights law and the US Constitution The report acknowledges that the U S government does have an interest and obligation in protecting the country against national security threats However the report argues many of its surveillance practices go well beyond what may be justified as necessary and proportionate to that aim In order to remedy the impacts of mass surveillance the report offers the following recommendations end large scale surveillance practices that are either unnecessary or broader than necessary to protect national security or an equally legitimate goal strengthen the protections provided by targeting and minimization procedures disclose additional

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/studies/HRW_ACLU_Surveillance_Jounalists_Lawyers (2016-02-16)
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  • Judges: Application of Executive State Secret Privilege Limited | Charity & Security Network
    v Jeppesen Dataplan back to San Jose U S District Judge James Ware for further proceedings Ware had dismissed the lawsuit in 2008 ruling that litigation over the controversial rendition program could prompt disclosure of intelligence or sensitive information The State Secret Privilege has been used by the government as justification to dismiss lawsuits involving the designation of charities as supporters of terrorist activity based on secret evidence warrantless wiretapping of U S citizens and torture In response to the Executive branch s broad claims regarding use of the State Secret privilege Judge Michael Daly Hawkins wrote for the court According to the government s theory the Judiciary should effectively cordon off all secret government actions from judicial scrutiny immunizing the CIA and its partners from the demands and limits of the law The ruling is considered a victory for civil liberty advocates Staff attorney for the ACLU National Security Project said in the ACLU s press release Today s ruling demolishes once and for all the legal fiction advanced by the Bush administration and continued by the Obama administration that facts known throughout the world could be deemed secrets in a court of law Responding to the court s ruling Charles Miller a spokesman for the Justice Department said The United States is reviewing the court s decision Both houses of Congress are considering bills that would limit the application of the State Secret privilege While the two bills are similar they do contain critical differences The Senate bill directs courts to weigh executive branch state secrets claims over the claims of the plaintiff The House bill however takes an approach aimed at retroactively narrowing the application of the privilege The House legislation seeks to reopen cases as far back as 2002 in which the privilege was claimed The

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/news/Application_Executive_State_Secret_Privilege_Limited (2016-02-16)
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    Surveillance of Human Rights Groups Date April 24 2014 On April 8 2014 NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said the National Security Agency NSA and a UK government agency have without question targeted human right organizations for surveillance including leaders or staff members in a number of purely civil of human right organizations including domestically within the borders of the United States In response on April 18 a group of 51 civil soci Read more about Letter from Civil Society Groups Objects to NSA Surveillance of Human Rights Groups Snowden NSA Spied on Human Rights Nonprofits Date April 8 2014 Speaking before the Council of Europe whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency NSA has spied on human rights defender groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International The NS A has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organizations including domestically within the borders of the United S tates said Snowden He said that the NSA uses sophisticated technology store and track trillions of electronic communications such as emails and online chats This kind of surveillance is a serious concern for nonprofit organizations particularly those focused on promoting human rights in dangerous regions It can create a chilling effect that makes it even more difficult for nonprofits to carry out their good works The Charity Security Network is party to a lawsuit against the NSA s bulk data collection in the U S Read more about Snowden NSA Spied on Human Rights Nonprofits Snowden NSA Spied on Human Rights Nonprofits Date April 8 2014 Speaking before the Council of Europe whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency NSA has spied on human rights defender groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International The NS A has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organizations including domestically within the borders of the United S tates said Snowden He said that the NSA uses sophisticated technology store and track trillions of electronic communications such as emails and online chats This kind of surveillance is a serious concern for nonprofit organizations particularly those focused on promoting human rights in dangerous regions It can create a chilling effect that makes it even more difficult for nonprofits to carry out their good works The Charity Security Network is party to a lawsuit against the NSA s bulk data collection in the U S Read more about Snowden NSA Spied on Human Rights Nonprofits NSA Reform Stalls in Committee The Hill Date February 16 2014 Author Julian Hattem From The Hill Feb 16 2014 Read more about NSA Reform Stalls in Committee The Hill Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance Date February 11 2014 A coalition of non profits private companies and other opponents of the NSA s spying regime declare Tuesday February 11 a day to fight back against mass surveillance Participants including Access GreenPeace the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla will join potentially millions of Internet users to pressure lawmakers to end mass surveillance Everyone

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Dissent%20and%20Surveillance?type=All&page=1 (2016-02-16)
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    records of millions of Americans is likely unconstitutional Read more about Judge NSA s collecting of phone records is likely unconstitutional WashPo The NSA is Coming to Town Date December 16 2013 Recent disclosures have shown that the National Security Agency s NSA mass surveillance of Americans and foreigners has greatly expanded in the years since 2001 Set to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town this ACLU produced video follows what look to be NSA agents dressed up as Santa Claus all around New York City spying on citizens activities and keeping track of who s been naughty and who s been nice ACLU Time to Rein in Surveillance State The lawsuit brought against the NSA that makes clear that American organizations are concerned about government scrutiny and its impact on the rights of association assembly and expression Judge NSA s collecting of phone records is likely unconstitutional Read more about The NSA is Coming to Town The NSA is Coming to Town Date December 16 2013 Recent disclosures have shown that the National Security Agency s NSA mass surveillance of Americans and foreigners has greatly expanded in the years since 2001 Set to the tune of Santa Claus is Coming to Town this ACLU produced video follows what look to be NSA agents dressed up as Santa Claus all around New York City spying on citizens activities and keeping track of who s been naughty and who s been nice ACLU Time to Rein in Surveillance State The lawsuit brought against the NSA that makes clear that American organizations are concerned about government scrutiny and its impact on the rights of association assembly and expression Judge NSA s collecting of phone records is likely unconstitutional Read more about The NSA is Coming to Town Three U S Senators Major Media Groups Defense Lawyers and Historians Urge Court to End NSA Bulk Collection of Americans Phone Information Date November 21 2013 Three U S Senators were among those filing friend of the court briefs in support of 22 nonprofit groups suing the National Security Agency NSA to end collection of phone call information of millions of Americans The Nov 19 2013 filings in First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v Read more about Three U S Senators Major Media Groups Defense Lawyers and Historians Urge Court to End NSA Bulk Collection of Americans Phone Information Nonprofits Suing NSA Ask Court to Rule Phone Record Collection Illegal Date November 7 2013 Lawyers for 22 U S nonprofits that sued the National Security Agency First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v NSA challenging the legality of its bulk collection of their phone call information filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment in the U S District Court for the Northern District of California San Francisco Division on Nov 6 2013 Read more about Nonprofits Suing NSA Ask Court to Rule Phone Record Collection Illegal USA FREEDOM Act Seeks to Right Wrongs of NSA Surveillance Date October 31 2013 The

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Dissent%20and%20Surveillance?type=All&page=2 (2016-02-16)
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    and four other organizations have joined a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF against the National Security Agency NSA over the unconstitutional collection of bulk telephone call records The lawsuit originally filed in June argues that the tracking program violates the First Amendment which protects the freedom to associate and express political views as a group Our ability to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians in crisis engage parties in armed conflict to build peace and carry on other projects is constrained by overbroad national security laws Kay Guinane Director of CSN said Now after learning that our members and operations are the subject of intrusive government surveillance we are pleased to join this lawsuit and ask the courts to put an end to these violations of our First Amendment rights See related NSA Surveillance and its Civil Society Implications Read more about CSN Others Joins EFF Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans data with Israel The Guardian Date September 11 2013 Author Glenn Greenwald The Guardian The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence data with Israel without first sifting it to remove information about US citizens a top secret document provided to the Guardian by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals Details of the intelligence sharing agreement are laid out in a memorandum of understanding between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart that shows the US government handed over intercepted communications likely to contain phone calls and emails of American citizens The agreement places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis Read more about NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans data with Israel The Guardian NSA Surveillance Programs Raise Concerns for Civil Society Date August 5 2013 Under the surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden earlier this year the government has collected vast amounts of information on private communications including those of civil society organizations These programs raise a variety of concerns for civil society organizations and particularly those engaged in international work A lawsuit brought against the National Security Agency NSA by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and almost two dozen political and religious groups makes clear that American organizations are concerned about government scrutiny and its impact on the rights of association assembly and expression See also Over 100 global civil society groups release human rights principles to govern surveillance Read more about NSA Surveillance Programs Raise Concerns for Civil Society NSA Surveillance Programs Raise Concerns for Civil Society Date August 5 2013 Under the surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden earlier this year the government has collected vast amounts of information on private communications including those of civil society organizations These programs raise a variety of concerns for civil society organizations and particularly those engaged in international work A lawsuit brought against the National Security Agency NSA by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and almost two dozen political and religious groups makes clear that American organizations are concerned about government scrutiny and its impact on the rights of

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/issue/Dissent%20and%20Surveillance?type=All&page=3 (2016-02-16)
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