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The Proof is in the Practice: FBI Documents Show Misuse of Community Outreach for Intelligence Gathering and Privacy Act Violations

The Proof is in the Practice: FBI Documents Show Misuse of Community Outreach for Intelligence Gathering and Privacy Act Violations

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 3:28pm
Last week, the ACLU released FBI documents showing that the bureau is secretly and deliberately collecting information about innocent Americans through community outreach programs and retaining information about these Americans’ speech, beliefs, and other First Amendment-protected activities in violation of the Privacy Act.  The Washington Post reported on Muslim community concerns over this practice.

Stop Discrimination: House Judiciary Subcommittee Takes Up Racial Profiling

“To Protect and Serve” is the longstanding motto of many American police departments. But it fails to ring true when a law enforcement officer subjects a citizen to humiliating interrogation, search and detention — simply because…

Three Faces of Racial Profiling: Profiling Communities is Bad Law Enforcement

Three Faces of Racial Profiling: Profiling Communities is Bad Law Enforcement

By Michael German, Senior Policy Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 1:46pm

A new ACLU website, "Mapping the FBI" exposes the bureau's nationwide racial and ethnic mapping program.

Mapping the FBI: Documents Show Widespread Racial and Religious Profiling by Government

Mapping the FBI: Documents Show Widespread Racial and Religious Profiling by Government

By Nusrat Choudhury, Staff Attorney, ACLU Racial Justice Program at 5:12pm

Yesterday, the ACLU unveiled a new initiative — Mapping the FBI — that exposes the ways in which vastly expanded FBI investigative authority has resulted in the unconstitutional investigation of American communities and individuals…

ACLU Lens: FBI Using Biased Counterterrorism Training Materials

By Scott Swenson, Washington Legislative Office at 12:40pm

Innocent, peaceful American Muslims are being targeted by the FBI, with the bureau engaging in racial-mapping programs and informants infiltrating and spying on neighborhood mosques. Now we know that at least some of these activities might be the…

The Courage to Be Safe and Free

The Courage to Be Safe and Free

By Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:52pm

Once the shock subsided, we set out to determine what new powers the government would seek in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The smoke billowing from the Pentagon was visible over Washington as I met with several ACLU colleagues from around…

FBI Needs Constitutional Law 101, Not "Islam 101"

By Robyn Greene, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 9:19am

Last week, Wired’s Spencer Ackerman reported on a FBI document released through an ACLU document request that the agency uses to train new recruits on best practices for “successful interviews/interrogations with individuals from the M.E.…

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