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Testimony Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs

Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty & National Security Program, testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on May 18, 2021.

Published: May 17, 2021

On May 18, 2021, Faiza Patel, Co-Director of the Bren­nan Center for Justice’s Liberty & National Secur­ity Program, test­i­fied before the Senate Home­land Secur­ity and Govern­mental Affairs Commit­tee on the role of the Office of Intel­li­gence and Analysis (I&A) within the Depart­ment of Home­land Secur­ity. She spoke about I&A’s history of target­ing Muslim Amer­ic­ans, protest­ors, and journ­al­ists, and urged the Commit­tee to strengthen safe­guards to ensure I&A’s protec­tion of civil rights and civil liber­ties. Without appro­pri­ate over­sight, I&A’s intel­li­gence collec­tion efforts risk infringing on Amer­ic­ans’ civil and Consti­tu­tional rights and target­ing First Amend­ment-protec­ted activ­it­ies.