Profiling

  • FBI’s pre-election sweep of Muslim Americans raises surveillance fears

    Profiling January 16, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. At least 109 people contacted the Council of American Islamic Relations (Cair) to say they were visited by the FBI days before the election. Hassan Shibly, Cair-Florida’s chief executivedirector, said “We basically discovered that it was a nationwide sweep simply based on their faith and ethnicity.” He also added that the proximity to the election may have suppressed voter turnout. Mike German, a former FBI agent and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said reports of the FBI pre-election sweep raised civil rights alarm bells.

     
  • Senate Dems introduce bill to block Trump Muslim registry

    Profiling January 5, 2017 at 0 comments

    Source: The Hill. Senate Democrats are introducing legislation to prevent the establishment of a federal religion-based registry for immigrants ahead of the incoming Donald Trump administration. Nine Democratic senators said Thursday that they have filed a bill blocking the executive branch from registering people based on religion, race, gender, age, national origin or nationality.

     
  • What is Countering Violent Extremism?

    Profiling December 13, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Teen Vogue. CVE is a set of federal government programs meant to counter violent ideologies that, the government says, lead to terrorism.
    A lot of the program is focused on things like anti-extremism video games and social-media outreach that officials hope will appeal to young people who are the target of terrorist recruitment online.But it also involves recruiting teachers, youth workers, healthcare workers, religious leaders, and others to help identify Muslim community members — especially young people — who could be attracted to terrorism. That has many worried that the program amounts to a network of police surveillance on Muslim communities.

     
  • Before Trump, there was a Muslim registry. It caught no terrorists

    Profiling December 8, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Miami Herald. While any attempt by Trump to register Muslims who are U.S. citizens or green-card holders likely would run into constitutional challenges, there aren’t the same barriers to reactivating the special registration program known as NSEERS, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. The program applied to boys and men 16 and older who held non-citizen visas, including tourists and students. The program got around questions that it was singling out Muslims by not making it based on religion but on country of origin. Around 85,000 people registered as part of NSEERS; more than 13,000 landed in the pipeline for deportation. And of all those thousands who signed up, only a handful had any terrorism connections, and the information gathered under the program yielded zero prosecutions on terrorism-related charges, according legal advocacy groups.

     
  • Of nine tech companies, only twitter says it would refuse to help build Muslim registry for Trump

    Profiling December 2, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. Every American corporation, from the largest conglomerate to the smallest firm, should ask itself right now: Will we do business with the Trump administration to further its most extreme, draconian goals? Or will we resist? This question is perhaps most important for the country’s tech companies, which are particularly valuable partners for a budding authoritarian. The Intercept contacted nine of the most prominent such firms, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry, an idea recently resurfaced by Donald Trump’s transition team. Only Twitter said no.

     
  • Muslim-Americans report receiving anonymous robocalls asking for religious affiliation: ‘Scared the s–t out of me’

    Profiling November 25, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Daily News. Several Muslim-Americans received mysterious robocalls asking them whether they identify as a follower of Islam, some of whom are citing the spectre of a proposed Muslim registry as cause for alarm over the confounding calls. The Council on Islamic-American relations, the country’s largest civil rights and advocacy group for Muslim-Americans, started flagging social media posts from users who reported receiving the calls this week.

     
  • The FBI wanted to target Yemenis through student groups and mosques

    Profiling September 29, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Intercept. The FBI envisioned infiltrating mosques and Muslim student associations to look for young Yemenis to serve as informants, according to an internal presentation obtained by The Intercept. The document suggests that agents scour Facebook “to find individuals who are dramatically increasing their levels of piety — that’s the demographic you want.” “Since we’re looking for young people re-engaging with their Islamic faith,” it continues, “the local MSA [Muslim Student Association] is a great place to start.” Read more here.

     
  • Black communities stop calling 911 after instances of police brutality, research shows

    Profiling September 29, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Think Progress. Black Americans have been saying for decades that police violence destroys trust in law enforcement and isolates communities from emergency services. Now there’s some empirical evidence to support and explain that observation. Calls to 911 dropped dramatically in black neighborhoods in Milwaukee in the months after a notorious police beating of a black man made local headlines in 2005, a new study shows. There was no change to the rate of calls to police about crime in the city’s white neighborhoods in the same window.

     
  • FBI’s Don’t Be a Puppet game targets Muslim youth, teachers’ union says

    Profiling August 26, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: The Guardian. A controversial FBI program targeting Muslim teenagers has drawn criticism from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), claiming it leads to bullying and profiling. The union, which represents 1.6 million teachers in the US, sent an open letter to FBI director James Comey earlier this month to call for an end to the agency’s Don’t Be a Puppet program which aims to prevent youth from being radicalized. The game is part of a larger counter-extremism program by the FBI. The agency released guidelines in January that provide suggestions to children on how to report others who travel to “suspicious” countries, and those who criticize western corruption.

     
  • Inspector General: NYPD skirted rules for surveillance

    Profiling August 23, 2016 at 0 comments

    Source: Associated Press. The New York Police Department chronically skirted rules intended to protect political groups from unwarranted government surveillance while investigating Muslims, the city’s independent police monitor said in a report released Tuesday. The audit, conducted by Inspector General Philip Eure, found that while the NYPD’s Intelligence Division had valid reasons to launch investigations, it frequently extended them past court-mandated deadlines without proper authorization.