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ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Reform or End Warrantless Collection of U.S. Citizens’ International Communications

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/5/17) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling on all Americans to tell their congressional representatives to either significantly revise or let expire at the end of this year Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Act (FISA) -- a law that permits the U.S. government to “incidentally” capture and warrantlessly search the communications of millions of U.S. citizens and residents.

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At a minimum, Section 702 must be reformed to require federal officials to obtain a FISA court warrant based on probable cause to search and unmask any data of U.S. citizens and residents captured under the program. Under a probable cause standard, the government would need to provide evidence that the person whose data was intercepted is a “foreign power” or “agent of a foreign power” that possess a tangible threat to the safety and security to the U.S. either directly or through an immediate link. Absent probable cause, any other communications of U.S. persons should be made inaccessible to federal agencies and purged from U.S. databases.

BACKGROUND:

Since it was enacted in 2008, Section 702 of FISA has led to the indiscriminate bulk collection of millions of American citizens’ communication data. Prior to Section 702, government agencies had to prove an individual was a “foreign power or agent of a foreign power” to secure a warrant to intercept electronic communications.

Under Section 702, the U.S. Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence are authorized to surveil and collect the communications of foreign nationals who are not U.S. persons or are currently located outside the U.S. without the need of a FISA warrant. However, while intercepting the bulk foreign communications data, the communications of U.S. citizens and residents are regularly amassed and stored.

Earlier this year the Director of National Intelligence’s office failed to honor its pledge of providing Congress with an official estimate to the number of Americans and permanent residents’ communications that were incidentally collected under Section 702.

This indiscriminate data collection impacts Americans’ right to privacy and exercise of free speech as warrantless searches under Section 702 classify all exchanges with foreign entities or persons as a potential security threat.

Tens of thousands of times a year, the NSA, CIA, and FBI routinely search these databases that include millions of Americans’ communications without warrants. American Muslims are particularly vulnerable to overly broad searches that make little distinction between “foreign intelligence” and “foreign affairs” queries. This is especially true as President Trump fosters a national security environment that is hostile to Americans Muslims and their civil rights.

The federal government’s foreign surveillance interception of domestic communications also impacts the free speech and privacy rights of those who engage in: advocacy work, journalism, online and electronic media, immigration related work, international legal counsel, victims of human rights abuses, and the many others who regularly engage in foreign communication but pose no danger to the U.S.

According to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board PCLOB, an independent government agency within the Executive Branch, Section 702 has never provided meaningful information about domestic terrorist threats, and has at most helped in one terrorism investigation.

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Action Alert: CAIR-Texas Questions Why Senator Ted Cruz Appeared at Anti-Muslim Hate Group Event in D.C.

Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization urges Texas voters to contact Cruz’s offices seeking explanation

(DALLAS, TX, 10/3/2017) – The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today questioned why Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) agreed to speak at an event this morning hosted by a virulently anti-Muslim hate group.

Sen. Cruz live-streamed his participation in ACT for America’s Capitol Hill National Security Legislative Briefing. That hate group, which has been linked to white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups and individuals, also presented Sen. Cruz with its National Security Leadership award. Act for America has hosted many of the same white supremacist groups and exhibited the same bigoted themes witnessed at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” racist rally that resulted in a deadly act of domestic terrorism.

SEE: CAIR Releases Videos Exposing Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America’s Bigotry, Links to White Supremacist Organizations

CAIR: America’s ‘Largest Anti-Muslim Hate Convention’ Proceeds Despite Concerns From Rights Groups (Newsweek)

Anti-Muslim bigotry has an official voice in Trump’s Washington (Salon)

Anti-Muslim Hate Group ACT for America Has a Nazi Problem (Huffington Post)

“We urge Senator Cruz to explain why he would speak at a hate group’s event and why he refuses to meet with Muslim constituents, despite repeated requests for such a meeting,” said CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain.

ACTION ALERT: CAIR-Texas is urging voters to contact Senator Cruz’s offices to request an explanation of his participation in a notorious anti-Muslim hate group’s event as well as his support for ACT for America’s anti-Muslim agenda. 

CONTACT Sen. Cruz’s Texas Offices:

Central Texas: (512) 916-5834

North Texas: (214) 599-8749

Southeast Texas: (713) 718-3057

South/Central Texas: (210) 340-2885

East Texas: (903) 593-5130

South Texas: (956) 686-7339

ACT for America Backgrounder:

ACT for America is a virulently anti-Muslim hate group headed by Hanah Kahwagi Tudor, who goes by the pseudonym "Brigitte Gabriel.” Gabriel believes that, “America is at stage two Islamic Cancer.” She also argues that “every practicing Muslim is a radical Muslim,” a Muslim “cannot be a loyal citizen of the United States,” and that Arabs “have no soul.” ACT is linked to white supremacist and anti-government groups such as the Oath Keepers, Identity Evorpa and Vanguard America. ACT hosted these groups at sanctioned anti-Islam rallies in 2017.

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: ACT for America

CAIR Islamophobia Monitor: Brigitte Gabriel, Also Known as Hanah Kahwagi Tudor and Brigitte Tudor

The Washington-based civil rights and advocacy organization urges community members to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/report

In response to the recent spike in hate crimes targeting minorities, CAIR launched an app to share critical “know your rights” information and to simplify the process to report hate crimes and bias incidents. CAIR is urging American Muslims and members of other minority groups to download the app and utilize this resource to stay informed and empowered.

For a quick download of CAIR’s civil rights app, click here: http://www.cair.com/app       

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Civil Rights Director Nikiya Natale, 469-998-2246, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-San Antonio President Sarwat Husain, 210-378-9528, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 832-549-1042, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Action Alert: Arizona U.S. Senate Candidate Deedra Abboud to Speak at CAIR’s 23rd Annual Banquet

Past events have been sold out, no tickets are sold at the door -- so register TODAY to reserve your place

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/29/17) – Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Deedra Abboud will be a keynote speaker at CAIR’s 23rd annual banquet on Saturday, October 28, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

Registration for CAIR’s banquet is now available online. In past years, the banquet has sold out. No tickets will be sold at the door, so register TODAY to reserve your place.

With the theme “Living Our Faith: Defending Freedom,” CAIR's 23rd Annual Banquet will feature a number of other nationally-known speakers and awardees, including:

• Imam Suhaib Webb, Islamic Scholar and Community Leader

• Abdul El-Sayed, 2018 Candidate for Governor of Michigan

• Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Banquet attendees will also be entertained by comedian Jeremy McLellan and will meet the winners of CAIR’s annual awards.

TO REGISTER, GO TO: https://www.cair.com/banquet/

Individual tickets cost $65.

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