The classification system we have in place is not working to protect our security. It is only protecting the national security establishment from public accountability necessary to ensure they are effective and efficient as they need to be.
The Brennan Center obtained new FBI guidelines that show the agency continues to conflate community outreach and intelligence gathering activities, despite the FBI's own stated commitment to separating the two.
The City of New York's settlement of two federal lawsuits challenging the NYPD's surveillance of American Muslims will create some meaningful changes. But the agreement must be seen as only part of a broader effort to ensure oversight.
In a letter sent today to the Director of National Intelligence, the Brennan Center and other civil liberties groups request clear answers about the impact of Section 702 surveillance on United States citizens and residents.
While the short-term outlook for additional surveillance reform is challenging, the distinctions that our law makes between Americans and non-Americans and between domestic and foreign collection cannot stand indefinitely.