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Letter to Commissioner Edward Davis Regarding Surveillance Conducted by Boston Fusion Center
The Boston Police Department (BPD) and a regional fusion center known as BRIC, reportedly surveilled citizens and groups engaged in First Amendment protected activity, and subsequently created criminal intelligence reports on these political groups and leaders. TCP wrote to Commissioner Davis to urge BPD and BRIC to end these intrusive surveillance practices and create comprehensive policies that provided for accountability, transparency, and respect for constitutional liberties. These recommendations were based on TCP's recent report, "Recommendations for Fusion Centers: Preserving Privacy and Civil Liberties While Protecting Against Crime and Terrorism."
Letter to Senators Regarding FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012
Organizations wrote to Senators urging a “no” vote on S. 3276, the FAA Sunsets Extension Act of 2012, which would extend the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) until June 1, 2017. Unless reauthorized, the FAA would sunset on December 31, 2012.
Safety or Surveillance: What is the NSA’s Utah Data Center?
Boston Police Accused of Spying on Antiwar Groups
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More Information On Government Surveillance Of Americans Needed, Group Says
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Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Law Threatens Americans’ Privacy Rights, TCP Warns
Report on the FISA Amendments Act of 2008
TCP's Liberty and Security Committee believe that the FISA Amendments Act raises significant Fourth Amendment concerns; that the public has not been adequately informed concerning these authorities; and that Congress should address both of these problems before reauthorizing the statute.
Amicus Brief in Amnesty International USA v. McConnell (Second Circuit)
The district court dismissed this challenge to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) on the ground that the plaintiffs lacked standing. The coalition amicus brief in support of the appeal argued that the courts should not apply such a stringent standard in assessing standing because it is critical to preserve judicial review of the surveillance program to ensure judicial oversight over executive surveillance authority.
Amicus Brief in Amnesty International USA v. McConnell (Second Circuit)
The district court dismissed this challenge to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) on the ground that the plaintiffs lacked standing. The coalition amicus brief in support of the appeal argued that the courts should not apply such a stringent standard in assessing standing because it is critical to preserve judicial review of the surveillance program to ensure judicial oversight over executive surveillance authority.
Statement on the Protect America Act
Liberty and Security Committee report analyzes threats to privacy and lack of oversight posed by amendments to FISA and urges Congress not to reauthorize act.
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