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Some of my archival coverage is available at the Bill of Rights Defense Committee's online press archive.

  • On February 23, 2014, the Guardian quoted me in a story about the latest proposed NSA reforms from the White House. Among them is a suggestion to give data collected in bulk (ie unhinged by any judicial warrant or constitutionally required individualized suspicion) by the NSA to the FBI for retention and analysis. The Guardian quoted my concerns, noting that I said, "The FBI’s history of abusing the civil liberties of Americans is longer even than the NSA’s," and that "The US Congress found wide-ranging problems spanning several decades the last time anyone even looked very closely at the FBI, which is long overdue for a thorough investigation of the sort of the Church Committee performed in the 70s."
  • On February 12, 2014, the Guardian quoted me in a story about a transpartisan grassroots campaign to shut down NSA spying through the states, expanding the controversy even while BORDC continues challenging the dragnet in the courts as well as in Congress. That campaign prompted bills in over a dozen states to essentially pull the plug on NSA spying, as well as the 2/12/14 Guardian story quoting me as saying, "Ultimately, all three branches of the federal government have grown complicit in a broad-scale assault on the fundamental rights of we, the American people, and the only place we have left to go are the states."
  • On January 17, 2014, the Boston Globe cited me in an editorial about NSA spying, noting that the timing of President Obama's speech that day pre-empted the impending conclusions of the Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which went on to suggest -- far beyond the President's "meager, underinclusive, and potentially counter-productive" reform proposals -- that NSA bulk data collection is flatly illegal.
  • On New Years Eve, the Baltimore Sun quoted me in a story about transpartisan state-based resistance to NSA spying that ran in the Washington Post on January 2. I said, "Maryland is one of the most crucial states in this national campaign. Because Congress has been so abysmally dysfunctional and inactive in the oversight arena for the last 10 years, the municipal checks and balances are really all that we the people have had an opportunity to exercise."
  • On July 16, 2013, Politico led off a story about a lawsuit challenging NSA spying, in which BORDC is one among nearly 20 organizational plaintiffs represented by EFF, by quoting one of my comments from our press conference announcing the suit.
  • Only July 3, 2013, Time magazine mentioned me among the various speakers at the Restore the Fourth rally against NSA spying in Washington, DC, in which I played a central role recruiting organizational allies from across the political spectrum. (Here's video of my comments, along with a short verse, at the rally)
  • [I'm working to fill a conspicous gap with dozens of stories between 2011 and 2013. Read on for some older archival pieces....]
  • Heather Hurlburt, Executive Director of the National Security Network, included me in November 2009 among her Top 20 experts whose work she recommends, of whom she says "their intellect and credentials match up or exceed their peers."
  • On March 9, 2011, news outlets including ABC News, CNN, Agence France-Presse, and Huffington Post quoted me in stories covering the response to Rep. Peter King's foolish attempts to demonize American Muslims from Capitol Hill.
  • The Jackson (MS) Free Press declared me its "person of the day" on March 11, 2010, during a series of appearances launching the Cross-Pollinate speaker & performance series.
  • The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism quoted me at length in a March 2010 story about emerging Muslim American leaders.
  • Rabbis for Human Rights quoted me in an A Drash for Vaera on January 11, 2010.
  • The Hampshire Gazzette in western Massachusetts published a profile of me on April 22, 2009, titled "City rights group hires scholar with extra talent."
  • "Students Hear of Rights Fight," a March 8, 2008 article in The Courier-Post (which serves South New Jersey) about an event I addressed at Rutgers-Camden Law School regarding the constitutional crisis in Pakistan.
  • "Inaugural Bash," a January 15, 2005 article in The Washington Post discussing protests against the second inauguration of President George W. Bush
  • "Charges filed against three protesters," a July 24, 2003 article in The Stanford Daily about prosecutors attempting to intimidate activists arrested during an action I helped organize targeting military contractors and war profiteering
  • "Awards Honor Asian Americans," a May 8, 2003 front page article (with a photo of me) in The Stanford Daily about an awards ceremony at which I received one of two Stanford Asian-American awards
  • "Students participate in national strike against war," a March 7, 2003 article in The Stanford Report about the "Books Not Bombs" student walkout that featured a series of organizing sessions, performances, and alternative classes taught by roughly 60 Stanford faculty members
  • "Their American Dream: Waging Peace In The Midst Of Raging War," a 2003 IndoLink article profiling me and Valarie Brar, a dear friend from my west coast days whose work puts mine to shame
  • "Law dean rescinds offer to attorney," a November 15, 2002 article in the The Stanford Daily about a decision by Stanford Law School to deny public recognition to Lynne Stewart, a controversial defense attorney who was the first lawyer indicted on the basis of illegal surveillance of privileged attorney-client communications by the Ashcroft Justice Department. She'd been invited to receive a public interest mentorship award before the honor was renounced on the basis of unrelated comments she'd made suggesting the potential legitimacy of political violence. I authored a related article in a newsletter of the National Lawyers' Guild's SF Bay Area Chapter. There are several added wrinkles to this particular saga . . . .
  • "Students protest potential war in Iraq," an October 4, 2002 front page article in The Stanford Daily (with a photo of me)

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