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NSA & FBI spied on top American Muslim leaders

Intercept - The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes:

• Faisal Gill, a longtime Republican Party operative and one-time candidate for public office who held a top-secret security clearance and served in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush;

• Asim Ghafoor, a prominent attorney who has represented clients in terrorism-related cases;

• Hooshang Amirahmadi, an Iranian-American professor of international relations at Rutgers University;

• Agha Saeed, a former political science professor at California State University who champions Muslim civil liberties and Palestinian rights;

• Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country.

The individuals appear on an NSA spreadsheet in the Snowden archives called “FISA recap”—short for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Under that law, the Justice Department must convince a judge with the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that there is probable cause to believe that American targets are not only agents of an international terrorist organization or other foreign power, but also “are or may be” engaged in or abetting espionage, sabotage, or terrorism. The authorizations must be renewed by the court, usually every 90 days for U.S. citizens.

...The five Americans whose email accounts were monitored by the NSA and FBI have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives. All five vehemently deny any involvement in terrorism or espionage, and none advocates violent jihad or is known to have been implicated in any crime, despite years of intense scrutiny by the government and the press. Some have even climbed the ranks of the U.S. national security and foreign policy establishments.

“I just don’t know why,” says Gill, whose AOL and Yahoo! email accounts were monitored while he was a Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. “I’ve done everything in my life to be patriotic. I served in the Navy, served in the government, was active in my community—I’ve done everything that a good citizen, in my opinion, should do.”

Local police prepare for war with locals

NY Times, Neenah, WI - Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small.

The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.

During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

When the military’s mine-resistant trucks began arriving in large numbers last year, Neenah and places like it were plunged into the middle of a debate over whether the post-9/11 era had obscured the lines between soldier and police officer.

“It just seems like ramping up a police department for a problem we don’t have,” said Shay Korittnig, a father of two who spoke against getting the armored truck at a recent public meeting in Neenah. “This is not what I was looking for when I moved here, that my children would view their local police officer as an M-16-toting, SWAT-apparel-wearing officer.”

A quiet city of about 25,000 people, Neenah has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average. Neenah has not had a homicide in more than five years.


MIKE FLUGENNOCK

What NYC's police chief was up to when he was in LA

Tana Ganeva, Alternet - The city of LA has spent at least a quarter of a million dollars arresting, prosecuting and jailing just one homeless woman, 59-year-old Ann Moody, mostly for sitting on a public sidewalk.

Moody has been arrested 59 times in six years, reports the Los Angeles Times. She's spent 15 months in jail since 2002. As the article points out, Moody has been arrested more than any other person in the entire city of Los Angeles..

UCLA law professor Gary Blasi, who has conducted studies on policing in Skid Row, tells AlterNet there's a reason Moody raises the ire of police officials. "Unlike the other targets, she doesn't just go away. That corner is where she thinks she should be."

In 2006, the city launched the Safer Cities Initiative. Brainchild of then-Los Angeles police chief William Bratton, Safer Cities sent 50 extra officers to Skid Row with instructions to bust people for pretty much everything, from jaywalking and open containers to prostitution and drug crimes...

An assessment of Safer Cities conducted by Blasi and the UCLA School of Law Fact Investigation Clinic found that the LAPD handed out 12,000 citations in the first year. Most were for pedestrian violations. Blasi points out that the inability to pay fines, or show up to court on time due to mental illness or substance abuse, tends to lead to arrest warrants, shuttling the indigent away from homelessness resources and into the jails.

"The goal of the Safer Cities Initiative is to force poor people of color to move," says Blasi. "When they don't move, they go into the criminal justice system."

Even before the official launch of Safer Cities, Bratton's LAPD made use of a strict anti-camping ordinance to break up homeless encampments in the area, confiscating property and busting homeless people for laying or sitting on the sidewalk. In 2006, a federal appeals court ruled that the city could no longer arrest people for sleeping and sitting in public, especially given the city's lack of adequate shelter for the homeless. Under an eventual court settlement, the homeless were allowed to sleep in the street at night, but can be busted for illegal lodging between 6am and 9pm, the rule Ann Moody refuses to follow, to the consternation of the LAPD.

Although Skid Row's homeless population dropped when the Safer Cities Initiative was first introduced, it went right back up after the financial collapse. "There are more people living on Skid Row now than when [the program] began," says Blasi. "Some people move, some recover. But Skid Row is replenished with a vast pool of incredibly poor people."

Meanwhile, William Bratton, who served as NYPD police commissioner in the 1990s before heading the LAPD, is back at the helm of the New York Police Department. While Bratton has earned credit for backing away from aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics, he seems to be bringing back policies in line with the broken-windows theory of policing. Bratton outlined his philosophy in the New York Times in March, saying, “If you take care of the little things, then you can prevent a lot of the big things." The first few months of his tenure as NYPD police chief saw a rise in arrests of panhandlers and peddlers, as well as a jump in the policing of violations such as riding a bike on a sidewalk. Most recently he also announced a crackdown on graffiti.

Bratton would have crushed OWS sooner

NYPD hiding crime news from reporters

The COINTELPRO break in

58% say miliarization of police has gone too far

Police treating America as a war zone

Police searches of cellphones have skyrocketed under Obama

Now even cops are worried about their privacy

Madison police chief approves of officers exercising First Amendment rights

Police increasingly invading, not protecting, America

Miami graffiti artist killed by police for spray painting building

The militarization of civilian policing

The real James Comey

How cops break the law with impunity

How the police spy on social media

Occupy Oakland protesters awarded $1m over police violence during arrests

Police now violating Third Amendment, too

ACLU finds police violation of 1st Amendment in 33 states

Burbank police stop 1000 drivers at checkpoint. . . none are drunk

SF cops lying to night clubs

Why police lie under oath

2012

Police collecting information on where you drive

Court rules that flipping off cops is constitutional

Half of those shot by cops are mentally ill

LAPD caught policing for news coverage

8 Ways Police Can Spy on You Without a Warrant

Judge rules Detroit mass police raid illegal

For the first time in 98 years, major police union refuses to endorse presidential candidate

90 DC cops arrested in last four years

The police may be tracking your travels

Supreme Court backs right to photograph cops

Police abuse woman for speaking longer than three minutes at council meeting

Boston police spied on Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan

Gentrifiers rate cops on the street

Skype lets police spy on chats

DC police chief issues sane policy on cameras and cops

Two strikingly different police recruitment videos

Police unions in bed with traffic camera corporations

ACLU attacks court decision on strip searches

Police will use celltowers, not GPS, to spy on you

Nearly two years after arrest: Bradley Manning still months from trial

San Francisco hasn't tested its breathalyzers in six years

2011

Capital police illegally spying on all drivers

Mall of America security guards question up to 1200 people a day

DETROIT POLICE TERRORIZE ART GALLERY, ABUSE PATRONS

FAKE DEA AGENT FOOLS LOCAL COPS

HOW COPS SHOULD HANDLE PROTESTS

SEATTLE POLICE TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION IN ONLY ONE PERCENT OF POLICE BRUTALITY CASES

POLICE BRUTALITY CASES ON THE RISE

Tasers

TASERS LOSE $6 MILLION SUIT

THINK TUB PROPOSES NYC COPS ALL HAVE TASERS

COPS TASER YOUTH HAVING SEIZURE

TASERS FOUND NOT TO REDUCE POLICE SHOOTINGS

Military interference in domestic affairs
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LA police conduct joint exercise with military in center city

Chris Hedges sues to stop use of military in civilian policing

Levin claims Obama wanted U.S. citizens included in NDDA bill

The only members of Congress who never supported the Patriot Act or NDAA

Massive information dump on senators who voted for NDAA

Congress & Obama trash the Constitution

The Senate’s overwhelming vote for dictatorship

Filming police
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2012

Citizen wins $170K in suit over photographing police

Chicago cops arrest TV cameraman for existing

Judge rules against Illinois law banning recording of cop actions

Judge rules against Illinois law banning recording of cop actions

Baltimore allows public to film cops in major change just days before law suit opens

Local heroes: Judge defends recording cops

Court rules it's okay for public to film government officials performing public duties

First Circuit says it's okay to openly record cops

Illinois sends you to prison for up to 15 years for recording a cop, even if he's doing something illegal

Police chief says he gets to decide when a photo is art

Local heroes: Michigan high court rules police activity is public business

Atlanta cops agree to stop harassing citizens who film them

Checkpoints
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HOW TO TELL YOU'RE NO LONGER LIVING IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

 Police misconduct
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2012

Chicago cops arrest TV cameraman for existing

Where police abuse people the most

A blog on poice injustice

How the police squelch free speech

Constitution-free America as defined by the Border Patrol

Index

Books
British police
Check points
Chicago police misconduct
Essays
FBI
Freedom indicators
Freedom and justice
Homeland insecurities
Military
Police
NYPD
Recording & filming police
Stats
Tasers
Travon Martin case
 
 

WORD

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Alexander Hamilton on what a law enforcement officer should be

Police

WHERE BAD COPS COME FROM

Zero tolerance

FOOLS' GOAL: ZERO TOLERANCE: How infinite intolerance of some things -- but not others -- is damaging our land

BOOKS ETC

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Guide to botched paramilitary and SWAT police actions

A history of the FBI

Beyond the Law

 Stats
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You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorism

FBI
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2014

The FBI's illegal mistreatment of American Muslims

2013

Relax, the FBI says it will only kill you for a just cause

FBI thinks almost half of Americans may be terrorists

FBI keeping people on No Fly list just strong arm them

FBI wants to trash the 4th Amendment

FBI harasses Smoking Gun website

FBI one of greatest law breakers in America

FBI using hacker tricks to spy on people

FBI using drones over America

While James Comey deserves credit for "stopping an illegal spying program in dramatic fashion, he also approved or defended some of the worst abuses of the Bush administration during his time as deputy attorney general. Those included torture, warrantless wiretapping, and indefinite detention."

Comey joined the board of megabank HSBC, shortly after it agreed to pay a record $1.92 billion fine for serving as a conduit for laundered drug money from Mexico, among other sins. The company announced that Comey would be helping “oversee efforts to combat financial crime.” Another Bush administration official, Juan Zarate, a former deputy national security advisor, joined HSBC to help them clean house. And before Bridgewater, he served as general counsel for Lockheed Martin. He was general counsel when Lockheed was busy building Coast Guard vessels that weren’t waterproof and whose hulls buckled in high seas, ignoring the whistleblower who pointed all of that out.

President Obama’s nomination for FBI director, James B. Comey, said before his Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that he supports the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance programs including the monitoring of U.S. citizens' phone calls and online communications.

FBI spied on leading anti-war online news journal

ACLU on Comey

FBI Internet plan would help criminals

FBI looking for more stuff to spy on

2012

FBI failed to warn Occupiers of planned assasination attempt

FBI treated Occupy movement as terrorist threat

How an FBI informant pushed along an anarchist plot

Why the FBI is worse than Petraeus

FBI on lookout for environmentalists

Unable to find enough Al Qaeda terrorists, FBI turns to those scary environmentalists who "claim to be defending the earth" and are "committed to stopping the exploitation and destruction of the environment"

FBI & NY police engage in pre-May Day intimidation

FBI uses chain saw on wrong apartment

FBI purges nearly 400 training presentations after content exposed

FBI spying on Bay Area Muslims

FBI has to turn off about 3,000 GPS spying devices after court ruling

FBI breaks into woman's apartment, make her lie in her dog's pee, then realized they had the wrong place

FBI & Justice Department think concern about privacy or paying in cash may indicate terrorism

FBI violating Freedom of Information Act

2011

FBI violating the law by spying on Americans through its community outreach program

FBI teaching agents to extreme anti-Muslim prejudice

6700 pages of FBI files on Yippies released

FBI SOLICITS INFORMANT TO SPY ON VEGAN POTLUCKS DURING GOP CONVENTION

HE FBI'S SECRET PRIVATE DEPUTIES

What it's like to be arrested by the FBI

FBI exands abuse of citizens' privacy and suppresses peace activists

FBI doubles number of targets of national security letters

Feds spied on NY Times reporter

FBI breaks the law about a thousand times a year

FBI calls leading anti-war site a possible "threat to national security"

FBI leaves people on watch list even if acquitted of crimes or charges are dropped

Chicago police misconduct

Chicago cop arrests NBC photographer taking pictures in a public place: "Your First Amendment rights can be terminated."

70 complaints of police misconduct during Chicago demonstrations

2011

CHICAGO COPS TURN INTO MILITARY FORCE

New York City police
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2013

NYPD's rogue stop and frisk policy produced hardly any convictionst

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, unwanted by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, is in the running for a top security job at JPMorgan Chase,

Ray Kelly wants six NYPD detectives asigned to protect him after he leaves pffice, presumably against rude Brown University students who booed him at a recent appearance. It is not clear who will protet NYC minorities from the NYPD detectives that Kelly trained to stop and frisk wihtuot cause.

NY police label whole mosques as terrorist groups

NYPD keeping documents secret without any right to do so

Federal judge rules NYC stop and frisk must be cleared with court appointed attorney

Bloomberg's cops have arrest quotas

Jury finds NYC police story in OWS case untrue

NYPD spied on Muslims because they are Muslims

Testimony: NY Police Commissioner wanted to scare young blacks and latinos

Groups sue to end NYPD harrassment of Muslims

NY police picking on Muslims despite previous ban

NYPD to do naked scanning on streets

NYPD spied on Muslims because they are Muslims

Brennan praised NYPD's spying on Muslims

NYPD cops cuff 7 year old and interrogate him for 10 hours over $5

2012

NYPD horror story of the day

NYPD racks up another senseless killing

A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things

@Harpers: Number of people stopped and frisked by the NYPD last year for "furtive movements": 351,739. . . . For wearing "clothes commonly used in a crime": 31,555

NYPD spying on Muslim neighborhoods was total flop

NYPD beat, arrest NY Times photographer covering story

NYPD reduces number of illegal stop and frisks, but still does 133,000 in three months

NYPD holds couple 23 hours for dancing

Report slams NYPD for treatment of Occupy Wall Street

Study shows depth of NYPD corruption

NYPD's war against Muslims

Bloomberg's stunning abuse of NYC citizens

A British journalist on how the NYPD abuses its power

ACLU comes up with phone app for victims of NYC stop and frisks

NYPD rips privacy from Muslims

New York City cops even beat up judges

FBI & NY police engage in pre-May Day intimidation

NYC police taking condoms from prostitutes

NYC cops harass citizens in apartment hallways as well as on the streets

NYC cops can't tell diffrence between art and a bomb so arrest the artist

Free Takeshi Miyakawa Facebook page

Stats: The NYC police war on young blacks and latinos

Federal judge grants class action status to suit against NYC police

ACLU takes on NYC police

Civil liberties groups sue NYC police for violations of Constitution

NYC police spied on liberal groups

NYC cops beat up news photographer

Even the FBI doesn't like the NY cops spying on Muslims

NYC spy police mapped where minorities lived

NYC police wanted to spy on every mosque within 250 miles

NYC police spied on Muslim college students all over the Northeast

Manhattan DA supoenas Twitter account of Occupier over minor offense

NY police sets record in illegal "stop and frisk" arrests

NYC police have to pay $15 million for 22,000 false arrests

NYC police continue illegal pot crackdown

More NYPD misconduct

NYPD shares secret spying center with One Percenters

This Maine state trooper ought to train NYC cops

Bloomberg leaves prisoners to fend for themselves in hurricane

NYC police throw city councilman to the ground and handcuff him during parade

NYC police set new record in anti-constituonal stops-and-frisk

BLOOMBERG BULLIES ARREST ARTIST FOR PAINTING OUTDOORS

Major court case makes cops liable for false accusations

Police stage 40,000 paramilitary raids a year

Man tasered to death for running stop sign

More police misconduct

NYC COP BLOWS WHISTLE ON CITY'S ARREST QUOTA SYSTEM

87% OF NYC COP STOP-AND-FRISKS ARE BLACK OR LATINO

NYPD keeping files on Muslims who change their names

Detective admits NY police plant drugs

NYC cops sued over bridge arrests

Bloomberg leaves prisoners to fend for themselves in hurricane

NYC police throw city councilman to the ground and handcuff him during parade

NYC POLICE STOPPED AND FRISKED CITIZENS 2.8 MILLION TIMES IN FIVE YEARS