CAIR, ALC, and ACLU Documenting FBI Surveillance Practices
Call for Stories & Know Your Rights
In recent months, there has been a notable increase in complaints by community members of FBI visits. The community members who have reported visits by the FBI have been of diverse backgrounds, both ethnically and geographically, and varying levels of religious practice. We have seen a special emphasis on individuals who have ties to, or have visited Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
The San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento offices of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU) are working together to document surveillance practices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Through this project we seek to identify patterns of overly intrusive conduct and empower community members with information about their rights and the resources available to them. We are also interested in learning about positive interactions with the FBI to be sure our investigation is balanced.
The project plan is two-fold:
1) Identify and document instances of FBI visits to community members and organizations. To that end, if you have been visited by the FBI or know of someone else who has please contact us.
2) Empower community members with access to attorneys, information and resources so that they are prepared in case of an FBI visit. If you are able to host a "Know Your Rights" presentation at your location or for your group, please contact us.
Interviews are confidential and we believe the information we are gathering will be crucial for raising the awareness of lawmakers to overly intrusive FBI practices and their impact on the civil rights and civil liberties of South Asian, Arab, and Muslim communities.
Upcoming “Know Your Rights” Presentation:
Sunday, August 15th, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.
Pakistani American Culture Center
1590 Oakland Road, Suite B213 San Jose, CA 95131