Lawsuit Challenges Secretive Policy Allegedly Used Against Muslim Immigrants to Deny Citizenship

By: Friday August 1, 2014 9:35 am

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of five Muslims allegedly denied American citizenship because of a secretive policy a Homeland Security Department’s immigration agency operates. The program grants the government broad discretion to designate those applying for citizenship as “national security concerns.”

According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has engaged in the “unlawful delay and denial of plaintiffs’ applications for citizenship and lawful permanent residence [LPR] under a secretive policy” known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CAARP).

 

HSBC Bankers Get No Jail Time for Terrorist Financing While Somali Sentenced for Charity Donation

By: Sunday December 16, 2012 12:55 pm

This past week, the Justice Department announced that HSBC Bank had agreed to forfeit $1.256 billion and “enter a deferred prosecution agreement” for engaging in money laundering that involved the financing of drug cartels and groups with ties to terrorism. The agreement indicated there would be no criminal prosecution. Not one bank executive or lower-level banker would be put on trial and possibly sentenced to jail for his or her role in allowing money to be transferred to drug cartels or terrorists.

Meanwhile, that same day, Nima Ali Yusuf, 26, a Somali woman who fled war-torn Somalia when she was a child, was sentenced to eight years in prison for sending $1,450 to “members of a terrorist organization in her native country.”

San Francisco FBI Violated Muslims’ First Amendment Rights with “Mosque Outreach” Program

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 1:45 pm

According to documents obtained by ACLU via FOIA, under the guise of “mosque outreach,” the FBI division based in San Francisco collected intelligence on mosques and Muslim religious organizations, including information on First Amendment-protected activities, such as details on religious beliefs and practices. The information then marked as “positive intelligence” and shared with outside agencies.

Pakistan Aid Is Not ‘Islamist’

By: Saturday August 21, 2010 12:45 pm

The right wing has generally driven charity from its interpretation of religion. In the Middle East, radical wingnuts are sure that any charity is assistance of terrorism. The attempt to eliminate distribution of needed assistance by local organizations – that are continually involved in aid to the communities – only interferes with the assistance we ought to be giving freely.

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