Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
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Islamophobia in the US:
Florida GOP Criticized for Inviting Anti-Islam Speaker
, Attacks on
Muslims and Mosques, NSA Collects Phone Records
CAIR Action Alert #699:
Action: Tell Our
Nation's Leaders to Stop Spying on Calls, Emails(WASHINGTON,
-- CAIR is calling on Muslims and all other Americans who
value constitutional protections of privacy and the
prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure to contact
their elected representatives to ask that they end the
all-encompassing monitoring of telephone communications and
the past 48 hours, it has been reported that the National
Security Agency (NSA) and FBI are "tapped"
directly into the servers of the nation's top Internet
providers and have been collecting the
phone records of millions of Verizon customers in the
U.S. on an "ongoing, daily basis."
NSA Taps User Data of Facebook, Google and Others, Secret
NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon
and other civil liberties organizations strongly suspect
that the federal government is also collecting call data
from all other major phone carriers.
Join CAIR in
demanding that the president and Congress shut down these
overly intrusive and unconstitutional spying programs that
are aimed at American citizens.
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUESTED:
CAIR has provided a "click
and send" letter for all Americans call on President Obama
and Congress to demand an immediate end to these abusive and
unconstitutional government spying programs. Please
sign the letter to send it to the president and your
representatives in Congress.Background:Right
now the FBI and NSA have obtained "direct
access," under Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
(FISA) secret court orders, to the servers of Google,
Yahoo!, Facebook, Microsoft (Hotmail, etc.), Apple, PalTalk,
YouTube, Skype, and AOL. Under a surveillance program,
code-named PRISM, they are collecting data on personal
emails, chats, videos, photos, stored data, VoIP, file
transfers, video conferences, logins, and details on online
It has also been reported that FBI
and the NSA are using the USA PATRIOT Act to obtain FISA
secret court orders instructing Verizon Business Network
Services to turn over millions of customer phone records.
Under this secret court order, Verizon must provide the FBI
and NSA with phone records "between the United States and
abroad" and "wholly within the United States, including
local telephone calls."
This includes the phone
numbers for both parties on a call, as well as data on time,
location, duration, and other unique identifiers. Only the
names of the persons who made the calls were not handed
over, although such information is easily attainable, and
the conversations held during the calls.
classified domestic spying programs have been operational
for years under both the Obama and Bush administrations.
In February 2008, CAIR opposed the expansion of the
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act because it gave
immunity to telecom companies that may have unlawfully aided
the administration's bypassing of FISA court orders.
In 2011, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a member of the Senate
Select Committee on Intelligence,
warned that "when the American people find out how their
government has secretly interpreted the Patriot Act, they
will be stunned and they will be angry."
In 2012, the
refused tell Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and Wyden how
many Americans phone calls, text messages, and emails were
being spied without probable cause under the broad powers
granted in the 2008 expansion of FISA.
While some in
Congress and the White House say that these spying programs
are lawful under the Patriot Act and Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Act, CAIR and the civil rights community
believes that the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
is clear: "The right of the people to be secure
in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,
and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause."
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