“These abuses demand action by Congress and underscore the need to reform Section 702.” The Coalition wrote.
Last week, DRAD joined over 30 civil rights organizations on an open letter sounding the alarm about Amazon’s spreading Ring doorbell partnerships with police. The letter calls on local, state, and federal officials to use their power to investigate Amazon Ring’s business practices, put an end to Amazon-police partnerships, and pass oversight measures to deter such partnerships in the future.
Time and again the FBI has shown its inability, or unwillingness, to obey the law. This time, a secret court ruling made public last week revealed that the FBI had conducted tens of thousands of unauthorized searches of U.S. persons in a government intelligence database between 2017 and 2018
Earlier this week, it was revealed that a judge on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court ruled that some of the FBI’s “backdoor” searches of communications intercepted by the NSA violated the rights of Americans. Defending Rights & Dissent has long opposed the FBI’s backdoor searches and renews its call for Congress to eliminate them once and for all.
Civil Society Leaders Demand Action After Revelations of FBI JTTF Spying on Anti-Pipeline Groups in Oregon
Leaders from international, national, and local organizations call on Governor Kate Brown to stop surveillance of communities opposing the Jordan Cove LNG export project.
The Trump administration is reportedly pushing Congress to permanently reauthorize an NSA program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans’ calls and texts.
“FROM BOOKING TO BAGGAGE CLAIM:”PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD TO EXAMINE USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION AND OTHER BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES IN AVIATION SECURITY Board Announces Three New Oversight Projects
The PCLOB will also review FBI backdoor searches of data collected under Section 702, and the NSA’s Call Record Detail program.
Under so-called “backdoor searches,” agencies, including the FBI and DEA, search these communications without ever obtaining a warrant.
CBP Admits to Targeting Journalists, Activists, After Civil Society Groups, Including Defending Rights & Dissent, Demanded Answers
After revelations that Customs and Border Patrol (CBB) had monitored journalists, human rights lawyers, and activists, Defending Rights & Dissent joined with a 100 civil society demanding answers. In a May 9, 2019 response letter, CBP admits for the first time to having engaged in this monitoring, though it defended its actions.
Recent headlines that suggest the NSA will abandon its mass phone surveillance program, commonly known as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, should be met with a healthy dollop of skepticism.