Tell President Obama: Stand Up for Our Fundamental Rights
The news that the FBI and the NSA have been spying on prominent members of the Muslim-American community should trouble all of us.
According to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain1, this surveillance targeted a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics and lawyers purely because of their religious beliefs.
The government twisted the intention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — meant to authorize spying on those the government considers terrorists and foreign spies — to invade the privacy of Americans. Where will this stop?
Free Press has joined the ACLU, Amnesty International, the Council on American Islamic Relations and dozens of free speech, social justice and civil liberties groups in sending a letter2 to President Obama demanding that his administration explain this "discriminatory and abusive surveillance" and expand the Justice Department’s prohibition against racial profiling to include a ban on profiling based on religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and national origin.
Join Us: Add Your Name to Our Letter to President Obama.
1. "Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On," The Intercept, July 9, 2014: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/09/under-surveillance/
2. Letter to President Obama: https://www.aclu.org/sites/default/files/assets/coalition_letter_re_intercept_nsa_revelations_0.pdf