[Editorial note: In late July, the Arab American Institute released a survey where 27 and 32 percent of Americans viewed Muslims and Arabs favorably, respectively. As the authors of the report note, the number of Americans favoring both communities declined since 2010 compared to other ethnic groups. Consequently, 42 percent of Americans agreed with profiling of American [...]
|By: BrandonJ Friday December 26, 2014 11:00 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 29, 2014 3:30 pm|
The United States Justice Department has moved to dismiss a lawsuit in which American Muslims allege that that twenty-five law enforcement officials, particularly FBI agents, had them placed on the No Fly List after they refused to become government informants in their community.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 24, 2014 8:01 am|
A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 21, 2014 6:30 pm|
Human Rights Watch and the Columbia Law School have released a comprehensive report challenging the government’s use of sting operations and other tactics in terrorism prosecutions. It particularly highlighted twenty-seven cases from when the cases were initiated to sentencing and post-conviction, including confinement conditions.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday July 20, 2014 8:58 am|
Media coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza has concentrated blame for what has unfolded on Hamas, making it possible to absolve Israel of responsibility for nearly all of the warfare that has killed over three hundred civilians and wounded over a thousand Palestinians. But this is not limited to the people of Gaza. There is a cultural bias in media toward Muslims or Arabs.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday July 15, 2014 7:40 am|
Muslim American groups and individuals are boycotting the White House’s Iftar dinner and will instead be participating or supporting a protest outside the White House against United States government policies, which disproportionately impact Muslims all over the world.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 11, 2014 9:01 am|
A number of organizations and individuals have decided to support an appeal in a lawsuit against spying against American Muslims by the New York Police Department.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 10, 2014 6:00 pm|
he American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five United States citizens challenging a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals.
The federal government has a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) that, according to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], “encourages state and local law enforcement agencies as well as private actors to collect and report information that has a potential nexus to terrorism in the form of so-called ‘suspicious activity reports [SARs].’”
Any individual who is flagged as having a “potential nexus to terrorism” will automatically be subject to “law enforcement scrutiny.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 10, 2014 3:09 pm|
Representative Alan Grayson of Florida sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking if US intelligence agencies spied on five prominent American Muslims named as targets named in a major story from The Intercept, which was published on July 9.