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Obama Lawyers Claim Detainees Still Not Persons After Hobby Lobby; Judge Needs More Evidence of Ramadan Abuses

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:18

In a court hearing held today (July 10) the US government argued that detainees are ‘not persons’ entitled to the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) – unlike US corporation Hobby Lobby. It also suggested that hunger-striking prisoners did not need to be allowed to pray in a group, as is traditional during the holy month of Ramadan, because they could ‘hear’ one another praying while standing alone in their cells.

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Obama Lawyers Claim Detainees Still Not Persons After Hobby Lobby; Judge Needs More Evidence of Ramadan Abuses

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:18

In a court hearing held today (July 10) the US government argued that detainees are ‘not persons’ entitled to the protection of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) – unlike US corporation Hobby Lobby. It also suggested that hunger-striking prisoners did not need to be allowed to pray in a group, as is traditional during the holy month of Ramadan, because they could ‘hear’ one another praying while standing alone in their cells.

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Guantanamo Detainees Demand Same Rights as Hobby Lobby

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:38

A US cout will today weigh arguments from lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees that their clients should be considered ‘persons’ under the law and afforded the same religious freedoms as company Hobby Lobby, and claims from the US Government that they should not.

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Guantanamo Detainees Demand Same Rights as Hobby Lobby

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 06:38

A US cout will today weigh arguments from lawyers for two Guantanamo Bay detainees that their clients should be considered ‘persons’ under the law and afforded the same religious freedoms as company Hobby Lobby, and claims from the US Government that they should not.

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EFF Statement on Intercept Article Revealing

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:14

The Intercept published an article last night describing secret foreign intelligence surveillance targeting American citizens. One of those citizens, Nihad Awad, is the executive director and founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s leading Muslim advocacy and civil rights organizations and a long-time client of EFF.

In response, EFF Staff Attorney Mark Rumold stated:

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EFF Statement on Intercept Article Revealing

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:14

The Intercept published an article last night describing secret foreign intelligence surveillance targeting American citizens. One of those citizens, Nihad Awad, is the executive director and founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s leading Muslim advocacy and civil rights organizations and a long-time client of EFF.

In response, EFF Staff Attorney Mark Rumold stated:

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Civil Rights Groups Ask Administration to Explain NSA Surveillance of American Muslims

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:43

In response to a report in The Intercept about NSA spying on five prominent American Muslims, a coalition of 45 civil rights, human rights, privacy rights, and faith-based organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking for “a full public accounting of these practices.”

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Civil Rights Groups Ask Administration to Explain NSA Surveillance of American Muslims

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:43

In response to a report in The Intercept about NSA spying on five prominent American Muslims, a coalition of 45 civil rights, human rights, privacy rights, and faith-based organizations sent a letter to President Obama asking for “a full public accounting of these practices.”

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NSA and FBI Targeting Muslim American Community Leaders, Experts Available

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:14

The NSA and FBI monitored the e-mails of prominent Muslim American leaders and attorneys, including the head of the largest American Muslim civil rights group, reported The Intercept today. Faiza Patel and Elizabeth Goitein, co-directors of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Michael German, former FBI agent and Fellow at the Brennan Center, are available for your coverage.

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NSA and FBI Targeting Muslim American Community Leaders, Experts Available

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:14

The NSA and FBI monitored the e-mails of prominent Muslim American leaders and attorneys, including the head of the largest American Muslim civil rights group, reported The Intercept today. Faiza Patel and Elizabeth Goitein, co-directors of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, and Michael German, former FBI agent and Fellow at the Brennan Center, are available for your coverage.

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Surveillance of American Muslims Underscores Lack of Safeguards

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:51

Revelations today in The Intercept about the apparently arbitrary surveillance of several prominent American Muslims underscore the lack of safeguards to protect the rights of persons targeted by U.S. surveillance operations, Amnesty International said today.

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Surveillance of American Muslims Underscores Lack of Safeguards

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:51

Revelations today in The Intercept about the apparently arbitrary surveillance of several prominent American Muslims underscore the lack of safeguards to protect the rights of persons targeted by U.S. surveillance operations, Amnesty International said today.

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Broad Coalition Urges 'Full Public Accounting' for Government Surveillance of U.S. Muslim Leaders

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:24

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, today joined with a broad-based coalition of 45 organizations, led by the ACLU, in

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