The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) suspended its participation in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force last month. It was the culmination of a seven-year effort by community groups to hold the SFPD to the city’s legally codified standards of transparency and accountability.
When Acting Attorney General refused to defend an executive order, she was taking in to account the evidence given prior to the order that the Trump campaign intended to clamp down specifically on Muslim immigration to the United States.
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.