Surveillance & Profiling

Arab Americans, mosques, cultural centers and our communities as a whole are subject to surveillance under the guise of national security without probable cause. Under current legislation and policies, our government and law enforcement agencies are not required to provide probable cause or criminal suspicion before subjecting someone to an investigation or to placing someone on a watch-list. Criminal suspicion is often assumed against our communities because we have a particular name, were born in a particular country, or wear cultural garb or an article of faith.

ADC has risen to the challenge of addressing lack of privacy protections and warrantless surveillance in our communities. ADC strongly advocated for the USA Freedom Act (S. 2685).

ADC stands firm that surveillance reform is necessary. ADC is a proud supporter of the Surveillance State Repeal Act that aims to require a warrant before collecting phone call metadata, require a warrant prior to surveillance under FISA, require regular monitoring of domestic surveillance programs, repeal the PATRIOT Act, and repeal the FISA Amendments Act.

ADC has also submitted several recommendations to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) for vital areas of focus during its midterm and long term agenda including surveillance, profiling, watch-list placement, and federal law enforcement training.

ADC supported the Asian American Legal Defense Fund amicus brief in Hassan v. City of New York (3rd Circuit).

Our Previous Work

Comments & Recommendations On Review Of Executive Order 12333
October 14, 2022
Comments & Recommendations On Mid-Term And Long-Term Agenda
October 14, 2022
Comments On Exemptions For Border Crossing Information System Of Records
October 14, 2022
Comments On Privacy Exemption For Next Generation Identification System
October 14, 2022
Comments And Recommendations On The Proposed Social Media Collection
October 14, 2022

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