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More on the NSA: Prism, Verizon, and Boundless Informant
This has been an incredible last few days. The Washington Post was the first to break the story of the Prism program, an NSA run spying program that collected data directly from the servers of Tech Giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook and others. The data collected varies from company to company but includes personal material from users like emails, chats, videos, social networking details and more…
IRS is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Republicans in Congress are right to be outraged the IRS targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny. No government agency should treat individuals or groups unfairly because of their political beliefs. Congress should investigate and not only punish those who broke the rules, but ensure that IRS rules and policies strictly prohibit such behavior.
Unfortunately though, we know that the IRS is not the only government agency that has focused on political belief as a basis for heightened scrutiny
Setting the Record Straight
On May 9, the House Homeland Security Committee held the first in what will be a series of hearings in response to the Boston marathon bombing. DDF is pushing back hard against the fearmongering, misinformation, ignorance and Islamaphobia. Here's what we're saying:
1. Don’t buy the argument that the FBI’s hands were tied.
2. The vast range of people who “hate” U.S. foreign policy renders that metric absolutely worthless in discovering a potential terrorist.
3. The key question is: why does the FBI waste so many resources investigating innocent people?
4. Fusion Center Threat Assesments are meaningless.
Letter urging opposition to the Feinstein Amendment to the NDAA
We write as a broad array of organizations in the civil rights, human rights, civil liberties, and immigrant rights fields to urge you to oppose Amendment 3018, submitted by Senator Feinstein as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). We greatly appreciate the leadership of Senator Feinstein and many other senators in working last year to try to fix some of the NDAA’s detention provisions. Unfortunately, the Feinstein amendment fails to address a central concern raised in the public debates: the specter of the military being used to police our streets and detain individuals on U.S. soil. The amendment also unintentionally reinforces the false and discriminatory notion that due process protections are only afforded to some – not all – persons within the United States. For these reasons, while we very much want to work with the sponsors of the amendment and are open to supporting a revised version of the Feinstein amendment, we oppose the amendment in its current form.
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