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Letters, Petitions, and Court Filings

BORDC regularly signs on to coalition letters and amicus briefs in support of issues related to our mission. Below is an archive of many such letters and briefs.

Coalition letters and petitions

Court filings, amicus curiae briefs, and congressional testimony


Coalition letters and petitions

2014

The OffNow Coalition letter to the Maryland House of Delegates Judiciay Committee supportung the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, HB 1074, Mach 7, 2014.

2012

Project on Government Oversight's letter opposed to undercutting the Freedom of Information Act in cybersecurity bills, May 14, 2012

American Civil Liberties Union's letter supporting the Smith-Amash amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, May 14, 2012

The Constitution Project's letter against the Cyber Security Act of 2012, May 10, 2012

Center for Victims of Torture's letter urging Senator Dianne Feinstein to make the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program public, April 23, 2012

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter opposing the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), April 16, 2012

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' letter endorsing the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011, April 16, 2012

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter to Rep. Mary Bono Mack expressing concern over the SECURE IT Act, April 2, 2012

Muslim Advocates' letter to Attorney General Holder expressing concern over blanket surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD, March 19, 2012

The Constitution Project's letter calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold confirmation hearings on the nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, March 13, 2012

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter expressing concerns about the SECURE IT Act, March 13, 2012

Electronic Frontier Foundation's letter asking Paypal not to censor books, March 10, 2012

National Day Laborer Organizing Network's letter calling on the FBI to end facilitation of ICE’s “Secure Communities” deportation program, March 8, 2012

Electronic Privacy Information Center's letter to the FAA regarding drones and privacy, February 24, 2012

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter protesting the CIA's covert attack on public access, February 23, 2012

2011

OpenTheGovernment.org's statement on improving openness and accountability on “Incorporation by Reference in Federal Regulations,” December 7, 2011

Sikh Coalition letter calling for a TSA racial profiling audit, December 1, 2011

ACLU letter to the Senate opposing the repeal of anti-torture measures, November 22, 2011

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' letter requesting sponsorship of the End Racial Profiling Act, October 18, 2011

Psychologists for Social Responsibility's statement calling for an annulment of American Psychological Association’s 2005 Report of the Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security, October 15, 2011

Brennan Center for Justice's letter on the FBI’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, October 5, 2011

ACLU's letter concerning Islamophobic FBI trainings, October 4, 2011

Coalition for a Safe San Francisco's letter opposing racial profiling and the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, October 3, 2011

Human Rights Watch's letter opposing the indefinite detention of immigrants, September 30, 2011

Electronic Privacy Information Center's letter calling on the FTC to investigate Facebook privacy violations, September 28, 2011

Rights Working Group's letter on wasteful and costly 287(g) and Secure Communities immigration programs, September 23, 2011

National Day Laborer Organizing Network's letter requesting an investigation of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification Initiative and the Secure Communities Program, September 11, 2011

Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition's letter on NYPD and CIA collaboration, August 25, 2011

Constitution Project's letter concerning nominations to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, August 25, 2011

Electronic Privacy Information Center's letter opposing the Department of Homeland Security's proposal to expand access to the FBI's database of terrorist suspects, August 5, 2011

ACLU letter opposing data retention provision in H.R. 1981, July 27, 2011

Brennan Center for Justice's letter on changes to the FBI's Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, July 27, 2011

New York Immigration Coalition's letter to ICE Director Morton on the Secure Communities program, July 20, 2011

Bill of Rights Defense Committee's letter to the House and Senate calling for increased FBI oversight and opposition to an extension of FBI Director Mueller's term, July 12, 2011

ACLU's letters to the House and Senate opposing E-Verify, June 29, 2011

OMB Watch's letter urging Congress to restore funding to the Electronic Government Fund, June 13, 2011

Friends of Privacy USA's letter to Senators Kerry and Lugar urging US to uphold privacy values in EU negotiations, May 17, 2011

Friends of Privacy USA's letter to President Obama urging US to uphold privacy values in EU negotiations, May 17, 2011

Brennan Center for Justice's letter to Attorney General Holder on the Justice Department’s state secrets policy, May 16, 2011

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter supporting the Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, May 10, 2011

Project on Government Oversight's open letter opposing the anti-speech policy in the Intelligence Authorization Bill, April 20, 2011

Electronic Frontier Foundation's comments to the San Francisco Entertainment Commission opposing a plan to scan and retain the images and IDs of attendees of public events, April 11, 2011

OpenTheGovernment.org's letters calling for free public access to Congressional Research Reports, April 6, 2011

ACLU letter opposing Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization" of the Muslim community and "homegrown terrorism," March 8, 2011

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter to the Library of Congress calling for transparency, February 25, 2011

Electronic Privacy Information Center letter to Reps. Issa (R-CA) and Cummings (D-MD) on FOIA oversight, February 15, 2011

RootsAction's letter encouraging Spain to prosecute torture, February 10, 2011

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) letter expressing disappointment in the DOJ's anti-disclosure position in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vs. AT&T, January 31, 2011

BORDC's petition calling for increased FBI oversight, January 27, 2011

2010

Electronic Frontier Foundation's open letter on Wikileaks, December 22, 2010

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter thanking NARA for demanding CIA accountability, December 22, 2010

Government Accountability Project's letter calling for Rep. Issa to support whistleblower protections, December 16, 2010

Brennan Center for Justice's letter to Attorney General Holder on the Justice Department’s state secrets policy, December 15, 2010

Government Accountability Project's letter calling for passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, December 13, 2010

Letter responding to September 24, 2010 FBI raids on activists, November 19, 2010

Make It Safe Coalition's letter calling for federal whistleblower protections, November 18, 2010

Accountability Council's letter on reforms to the National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, November 5, 2010

Coalition letter supporting the civil rights ordinance introduced in Hartford, CT, November 3, 2010

ACLU's letter supporting broadcast coverage of the Supreme Court, October 28, 2010

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter on the NTSB and FOIA exemptions, October 20, 2010

Rights Working Group's letter on the dangerous merger of the federal immigration enforcement system with state criminal justice systems, September 29, 2010

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' letter on the End Racial Profiling Act, September 27, 2010

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter on the Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, September 22, 2010

Detention Watch Network's letter calling for President Obama to end the merger of the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems, August 10, 2010

Bill of Rights Defense Committee Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the 2008 FBI Guidelines, July 27, 2010

National Immigrant Justice Center's letter on the Utah "blacklist," July 27, 2010

BORDC's petition calling for the Senate Judiciary to consider Elena Kagan's record on executive power in Supreme Court nomination hearings, June 28, 2010

BORDC's petition calling for an investigation into human experimentation, June 26, 2010

Center for Democracy and Technology's letter about S. 3480, the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, June 24, 2010

Witness Against Torture's letter to DOJ regarding the demonstrations to close Guantánamo Bay detention center on January 21, 2010, June 10, 2010

NYCLU's letter calling on NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly to condemn Arizona's SB1070, June 10, 2010

Center for Study of Responsive Law's letter to Senator Thompson (D-MS) calling for an end to the TSA's full body scanner program, May 28, 2010

Center for Study of Responsive Law's letter to Senator Lieberman (I-CT) calling for an end to the TSA's full body scanner program, May 28, 2010

Asian Law Caucus's letter to SFPD Chief George Gascón calling for further dialogue with the Arab, Muslim, Central and South Asian communities, May 21, 2010

NACDL letter to Attorney General Holder opposing the weakening of Miranda rights, May 17, 2010

Electronic Privacy Information Center letter requesting a meeting with the White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, May 12, 2010

Charity and Security Network letter calling on President Obama to ease charitable giving restrictions, May 12, 2010

Petition to DHS Secretary Napolitano calling for a suspension of the bodyscanner program, April 21, 2010

Submission for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the United States, April 20, 2010

Muslim Advocates' letter calling for changes to the FBI's Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, April 15, 2010

ACLU's letter opposing a biometric national ID, April 13, 2010

OpenTheGovernment.org's letter asking for hearings on the unlawful destruction of DOJ emails, March 10, 2010

Defending Dissent Foundation's letter concerning lack of nominations to Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, March 1, 2010

ACLU letter to Secretary of State Clinton on ideological exclusion, February 16, 2010

BORDC's petition calling for Congress to reject the PATRIOT Act in its current form, February 2, 2010

Muslim Public Affairs Council letter opposing racial profiling by the Transportation Security Administration, January 8, 2010

2009

Asian Law Caucus letter condemning the anti-Muslim press conference held by U.S. Representatives, December 2, 2009

Bill of Rights Defense Committee letter to the President calling for transparency on torture, November 24, 2009

ACLU letter expressing concerns about privacy and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, November 17, 2009

Center for Democracy and Technology letter urging the President to appoint members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board, November 11, 2009

Surveillance Coalition letter expressing concerns over H.R. 3845, the USA Patriot Amendments Act of 2009, October 29, 2009

AfterDowningStreet.org's letter calling for Congress to take action on torture, October 28, 2009

OpenTheGovernment.org letter commending Senator Patrick Leahy for his commitment to the Freedom of Information Act, September 30, 2009

Surveillance Coalition letter asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to support the reforms included in the JUSTICE Act, September 30, 2009

Surveillance Coalition letter in support of the JUSTICE Act, September 23, 2009

SALDEF letter requesting the PASS ID Act be amended to protect the right to wear religious head coverings in ID photographs, September 3, 2009

Rights Working Group letter in support of the HELP Separated Children Act, August 28, 2009

Detention Watch Network letter demanding an end to the 287(g) program, August 25, 2009

National Immigration Forum letter requesting immigration amendments be stripped from 2010 Homeland Security appropriations bill, August 10, 2009

Velvet Revolution letter calling on the attorney general to investigate torture as required by law, August 8, 2009

Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service's letter in support of S. 1549 and S. 1550, July 30, 2009

BORDC letter requesting changes to the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, July 21, 2009

Constitution Project letter requesting maximum transparency in the publicly released version of the report on warrantless electronic surveillance programs, July 2, 2009

Charity & Security Network letter to President Obama requesting changes to national security rules affecting charitable contributions, July 2, 2009

Open letter in response to the American Psychological Association Board on psychologists' participation in torture, June 29, 2009

ACLU letter requesting hearings before Congress votes on any legislation to revise the Military Commissions Act or authorizes new detention authority, June 22, 2009

Pioneer Valley Coalition Against Secrecy & Torture letter calling for the appointment of special counsel to investigate torture allegations, May 27, 2009

ACLU letter expressing disappointment over Obama's decision to fight the release of detainee torture photos, May 21, 2009

Coalition for Patient Privacy's comments on HITECH Breach Notification, May 21, 2009

Surveillance Coalition letter on PATRIOT Act and surveillance oversight, May 21, 2009

Surveillance Coalition letter supporting the State Secrets Protection Act, May 20, 2009

VelvetRevolution.us's call to disbar torture lawyers, May 18, 2009

Electronic Frontier Foundation/Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington letter calling for the FOIA to apply to the Office of Administration, May 14, 2009

AfterDowningStreet.org's statement on prosecution of former high officials, April 2009

Defending Dissent Foundation open letter to Maryland General Assembly in support of the Freedom of Association and Assembly Protection Act, March 18, 2009

ACLU letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and DHS Secretary Napolitano regarding ideological exclusion, March 18, 2009

Immigration Forum letter to DHS Secretary Napolitano encouraging her to provide full support to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, February 2009

OMBWatch/U.S. PIRG letter to EPA Administrator Jackson asking for restoration of the Toxics Release Inventory, February 2009

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service letter in Support of the Immigration Oversight and Fairness Act of 2009, February 26, 2009

Coalition for Patient Privacy letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid on patient privacy provisions in the economic stimulus legislation, February 2, 2009

Letter to President Obama and DHS Secretary Napolitano in support of immigration reform, January 16, 2009

 

2008

Liberty Coalition letter to President-elect Obama on technology and privacy, December 19, 2008

OpenTheGovernment.org letter to Congress demanding bailout transparency, December 8, 2008

Liberty and Security Coalition transition recommendations: Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda: Recommendations to President-elect Obama and Congress, November 12, 2008

Letter to Senate supporting the Protect Citizens and Residents from Unlawful Raids and Detention Act, September 26, 2008

Surveillance Coalition letter to Senators Conyers, Leahy, Smith, and Specter on amendment of Attorney General's Guidelines, September 16, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter opposing the FISA Amendments Act, July 7, 2008

Muslim Advocates letter to Senator Leahy opposing invasive questioning of Americans returning from international travel, June 20, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter: Opposition to the FISA Legislation Proposed by Senator Bond, June 9, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter to Reps. Thompson and Harmon: Opposition to NAO Appropriations and Authorization, June 3, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter to Senators Leahy and Specter in support of the National Security Letters Reform Act, April 22, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter to Reps. Conyers and Smith in support of the National Security Letters Reform Act, April 15, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter: Groups Urge Further Investigation of Telecom’s Actions Before Any Vote on Retroactive Immunity, March 12, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter commending the House for defeating the FISA Amendments Act, March 5, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter urging the sunset of the Protect America Act, February 27, 2008

Letter to Senators Byrd and Cochran urging them to fund the Office of Government Information Services in the National Archives and Records Administration, February 6, 2008

NSA Grassroots Coalition letter to Senate Majority Leader Reid re: FISA Amendments Act, January 22, 2008

Court filings, amicus curiae briefs, and congressional testimony

Bill of Rights Defense Committee Executive Director Shahid Buttar's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the End Racial Profiling Act of 2011, April 17, 2012

Hedges v. Obama, amicus brief arguing that the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 are unconstitutional, April 16, 2012

ACLU v. Department of Defense, amicus brief urging an appeals court to overturn its decision allowing the government to keep information about its use of waterboarding secret, June 10, 2011

Sorrell v. IMS Health, amicus brief arguing for protecting patient privacy from data-mining practices, March 1, 2011

Bill of Rights Defense Committee v. District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, FOIA filing in District of Columbia Superior Court, October 29, 2010

Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security, amicus brief arguing for transparency and due process in the placement of individuals on the no-fly list, October 1, 2010

KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development v. Henry M. Paulson et al., amicus brief in support of due process rights for charities and nonprofits, February 28, 2009

Ashcroft v. Iqbal, amicus brief arguing in favor of holding top officials accountable for harm done by policies they oversee, October 31, 2008