Thirteen United States citizens represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued the US government after they were prevented from flying over US airspace after January 1, 2009. They believed that they were on the No-Fly List because airline representatives, FBI agents and other government officials had informed them of this fact. But the government had provided them no notice or information on why they were placed on the watch list so they could challenge their inclusion.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 25, 2014 9:40 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 9, 2014 3:33 pm|
Nearly ninety-five percent of individuals on a Justice Department list of “terrorism and terrorism-related convictions” from 2001-2010 included some elements of preemptive prosecution, according to a study by attorneys which they say is the first to “directly examine and critique preemptive prosecution and its abuses.”
The study is called “Inventing Terrorists: The Lawfare of Preemptive Prosecution.” It was released by Project SALAM, which stands for Support and Legal Advocacy for Muslims, and the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), a coalition of groups that “oppose profiling, preemptive prosecution and prisoner abuse.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 24, 2014 2:23 pm|
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which has brought a lawsuit on behalf of prisoners placed in restrictive prison units known as Communications Management Units (CMUs), has revealed documentation that shows for the first time how people are designated for placement in CMUs, what they are told by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) when placed in a CMU, and how they’re ongoing imprisonment in the CMU is reviewed by BOP.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 23, 2014 9:29 am|
A lawsuit brought on behalf of four American Muslim men has been filed against the FBI for allegedly punishing them by placing them on the No Fly List when they refused to become informants and spy on American Muslim communities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday March 21, 2014 9:41 am|
A group of Muslims in New Jersey, who are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Muslim Advocates, have appealed a decision in a lawsuit against spying by the New York Police Department.
In February, federal Judge William J. Martini of the United States District Court of Newark accepted most if not all of the government’s arguments and dismissed a lawsuit alleging surveillance targeting Muslims explicitly was unconstitutional.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 21, 2014 8:19 am|
A lawsuit alleging the New York Police Department’s surveillance programs had involved discrimination because the department targeted Muslims at mosques, schools and restaurants in New Jersey was dismissed by a federal judge.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 26, 2014 9:15 am|
Ever since the War on Terrorism began and the United States government started to engage in mass surveillance in the country and around the world, American Muslims have been warning this surveillance would eventually affect everyone in the country, not just Muslim communities.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 27, 2013 10:12 am|
Six individuals, who are each Muslim, were apparently targeted by the National Security Agency because they had engaged in “online promiscuity” or viewed pornographic websites, according to a top secret document from former NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 6, 2013 5:12 pm|
A nineteen year-old Muslim teen from a Chicago suburb, who already faced terrorism charges after an undercover FBI agent convinced him to try and blow up a downtown bar, has been charged with trying to have an FBI agent murdered.
This case has largely flown under the radar, however, in recent weeks, it has been gaining attention because the defense lawyer for the teen, whose name is Adel Daoud, has sought to obtain documents on any surveillance that was used by the FBI to target and arrest him. If any of it the surveillance was unlawful and abusive, like much of the surveillance programs and procedures exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, his defense argues it would be evidence the FBI violated protections against unreasonable searches.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday July 15, 2013 9:45 am|
Yassin Aref was convicted of terrorism charges that included conspiring to aid a terrorist group, providing support for a weapon of mass destruction, money-laundering and material support for a foreign terrorist organization after being arrested in an FBI sting operation in Albany, New York in 2006. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2007. However, since conviction, he has vigorously fought to prove his innocence and recently new evidence uncovered through freedom of information filings suggests he was improperly identified as an Al Qaeda agent.