Faiza Patel

Faiza Patel serves as Co-Director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. She is also a member of the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries. Follow her on Twitter: @FaizaPatelBCJ

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 "Facebook’s process for deleting posts and accounts based on its community standards has long been opaque, leading to charges from people across the political spectrum that Facebook is effectively shutting down their speech while allowing others to operate unfettered." (Photo: Legal Loop) Views
Friday, May 25, 2018
Facebook and Free Speech
In the weeks since Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, Facebook has made two important policy announcements. The company released a document explaining what posts and accounts it removes on the basis of its internal rules, known as “ community standards ,” and it engaged outside consultants to...
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Most troublingly, however, the directive allows for people (most likely Americans, given the scope of the TSA’s duties) to be nominated for the 95 list if they are the “subject of a credible threat of violence” or “are otherwise publicly notorious.” (Photo: iStock) Views
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Does TSA Really Need a Watch List for “Unruly” Travelers?
Cross-posted from Just Security . The New York Times reported last week that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had “created a new secret watch list” (which is also known as a “95 list”) to “monitor people who may be targeted as potential threats at airport checkpoints simply because...
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"Much like the equivalent tools used by law enforcement agencies — they will incorporate biases." (Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Monitoring Kids' Social Media Accounts Won't Prevent the Next School Shooting
The Parkland, Fla., school shooting has reignited the national conversation on what can be done to prevent such tragedies, which seem to occur with frightening regularity. One option, which already is used by many schools and probably will be adopted by more, is to employ companies that monitor...
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"It’s clear that this report has but one purpose: to buttress weak and xenophobic arguments for a restrictive immigration policy." (Photo: Wasi Daniju/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Trump Administration's Fuzzy Math on Terrorist Origins Is More Than Misleading – It's Dishonest
Just as the Senate Judiciary Committee was getting ready to conduct an oversight hearing today with newly appointed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, her department, along with the Justice Department (DOJ) released a misleading report aimed at stoking anti-immigrant...
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"Beyond its discriminatory impulse, there is no evidence that the U.S. needs to overhaul its vetting procedures. In fact, a recent report by the Brennan Center shows that the U.S. already has one of the world’s most stringent visa vetting systems." Views
Friday, November 03, 2017
Not Tough, Not Smart: What Trump Gets Wrong about Vetting and the Justice System
The day was bound to come when President Trump had to deal with an attack on U.S. soil committed by a Muslim. Unsurprisingly, his response has been more knee jerk than a sober rational reaction to the tragedy. In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting last month, Trump refused to draw any inferences...
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"Trump needs to get past the impulse to find an attorney general who will protect him rather than the public interest. Believe it or not, Mr. President, this moment is bigger than you." Views
Monday, August 07, 2017
What Trump Doesn't Get: Sessions Recusal from Russia Probe was Mandatory
Cross-posted from USA Today . Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly received word from new White House chief of staff John Kelly that his job is safe . That was good news following President Trump's hints that he planned to replace Sessions with someone who would not recuse from the Justice...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Muslim Americans Are Building an Infrastructure to Protect Themselves
This election season has been an anxious time for Muslim Americans. After the election, my Facebook feed was filled with Muslim mothers wondering how to explain to their children that the new president is a man who had proposed requiring them to register with the government and called for a ban on...
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Thursday, November 19, 2015
US Would Be Wrong to Ban Muslim Refugees
The brutal and violent nature of the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) was brought into sharp relief by last week’s attacks in Paris , as well as those carried out in Beirut and Baghdad. We want to stop these terrorists in their tracks, and certainly well before they reach our shores. And that means...
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Thursday, September 10, 2015
DOJ’s New Stingray Policy Is a Good Start, But It’s Got Problems
Last Thursday afternoon, just as we were all heading out for the Labor Day weekend, the Justice Department released new policy guidance on the use of cell-site simulator technology. The policy is a good first step, requiring all DOJ components (including the FBI, the DEA, and the US Marshals...
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
When Will Surveillance Reform Stop Being Just ‘Cool’?
Last week, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden declared that he was “ cool ” with the recently enacted USA Freedom Act, which reined in government bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. His characterization of that program as “little” is no doubt accurate. Information from...
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