ADC to Testify on Warrantless Spying Before US Commission on Civil Rights
Washington, DC | March 7, 2007 | The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) during a public briefing on the issue of wiretapping in the war on terror. Kareem Shora, National Executive Director, will represent ADC during the briefing which will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 9, at the USCCR (Address: 624 Ninth Street, NW, Room 540 Washington, DC).
Other experts testifying at the briefing include Gregory Nojeim, Deputy Director of the Washington Legislative Office at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); John C. Eastman, professor, Chapman University School of Law and director of the Claremont Institute Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence; and David Rivkin, Baker Hostetler.
The briefing is aimed at understanding the constitutional and statutory authority to conduct warrantless surveillance within the United States, the Fourth Amendment and due process implications, and the civil rights concerns of US citizens related to the warrantless surveillance program. Shora will provide an analysis of how the substance and perception of this program has impacted the rights and liberties of the Arab, Muslim, and South Asian American communities. Additionally, ADC‘s statement will demonstrate the ill effects this program has had on US national security, domestic efforts at constructive coordination between the Government and these communities, US public diplomacy efforts, and the image of the United States in the Middle East. To read ADC‘s written statement click here.
WHAT: Briefing on Covert Wiretapping
WHERE: US Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR), 624 Ninth Street NW, Room 540 Washington, DC, Tel : 202-376-7700
WHEN: Friday, March 9, at 1pm
About the US Commission on Civil Rights, www.usccr.gov
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. Members include Chairman Gerald A. Reynolds, Vice Chairman Abigail Thernstrom, and Commissioners Jennifer C. Braceras, Gail Heriot, Peter N. Kirsanow, Arlan D. Melendez, Ashley L. Taylor, Jr., and Michael Yaki. Kenneth L. Marcus is Staff Director. Commission meetings are open to the media and general public.