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August 15, 2022

Chip Gibbons and Kevin Gosztola Discuss the “Pretty Bad Takes” on Trump and the Espionage Act

No one is above the law. Not a sitting president. Not a former president. And certainly not Donald Trump. We know too often the powerful are treated to a different set of rules. Presidents and other high level officials lie
August 1, 2022
sign on the Dept. of Justice Building

FBI Raids Homes and Offices of Activist Groups, Claiming Russian Influence

On Friday July 29, 2002 the FBI raided homes and offices associated with the African People’s Socialist Party and Uhuru Solidarity Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri. These related groups describe their political views as socialism and
July 30, 2022
18th century sailors

National Whistleblower Day in the Shadow of the Espionage Act

The US observes National Whistleblower Day today, but despite this nominal recognition, whistleblower protections in many ways remain threadbare, and the most chilling threat to truth-tellers looms larger as ever in the continuing and expanding use of the Espionage Act.
July 29, 2022
Cop cars near school buses. Profiling through threat assessment feeds the school-to-prison pipeline

Threat Assessment: Where Difficulties, Dissent, and Disability Become Harbingers of Violence

In the aftermath of Uvalde and other school shootings, the knee-jerk reaction has been to expand threat assessment. CP3’s TVTP grant program has recently allocated more funding for threat assessment conducted by universities and nonprofits in conjunction with law enforcement.
July 20, 2022
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are selling out the Fourth Amendment by buying from data brokers

Guess Who’s Buying Their Way Around the Fourth Amendment? (If You Guessed ICE, FBI, IRS, DOD, DEA and CBP…You Are Right)

This week, FOIA documents revealed that Customs and Border Protection and ICE are dodging the Fourth Amendment by buying our private data from third-party data brokers, instead of bothering with a warrant. Add these agencies to a list that already
July 13, 2022
Capitol building, where the Rules Committee considered the inclusion of an Espionage Act reform amendment

House Rules Committee Blocks Vote on Historic Protections for Journalists and Whistleblowers

Last night, the House Rules Committee blocked an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Action that would have amended the draconian Espionage Act to prevent its continued abuse against journalists, their sources, and whistleblowers. Had the Rules Committee approved the
July 8, 2022
Espionage Act political cartoon

Tlaib Espionage Act Reform Would be Major Breakthrough for Press Freedom and Transparency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) introduced an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would amend the Espionage Act of 1917 to increase civil rights, civil liberties, and due process protections in the
July 8, 2022
abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court with a runner along the bottom reading "terrorism?"

Here’s a Bad Idea: Some Members of Congress wants to classify abortion protesters as terrorists.

In the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, thousands of people across the country have turned out on the streets to protest the rollback of reproductive rights. Some, like the group Jane’s Revenge, have pursued more confrontational
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Coming up, our policy director @ChipGibbons joins @FlashpointsNews on @KPFK to discuss the Espionage Act and a new lawsuit against Mike Pompeo.

https://www.kpfk.org

It's been one year since the US withdrew ground troops from Afghanistan. Those responsible for the 9/11 attacks are dead or captured.

Isn't it time to repeal the AUMF and End the War on Terror at Home and Abroad?

https://www.rightsanddissent.org/news/president-biden-end-the-war-on-terror-at-home/

WATCHING: Assange's US attorneys announce lawsuit against Pompeo & Spanish security firm whose surveillance illegally swept up visitors, lawyers, & journalists - 11am EDT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w50I7nsuWqk

Tired of bad takes on the Espionage Act?

At 8:10 Eastern, our policy director @ChipGibbons89 will join @SantitaJShow to discuss the Espionage Act.

Then at 10:00 Eastern, he will join Jaws of Justice on @kkfi901fm for an in depth history of the law.

Are the terrible takes about the Espionage Act post-Trump raid making your head hurt?

Our policy director @ChipGibbons89 will be joining journalist @kgosztola at 6:00 eastern to discuss.

These two leading experts will provide much needed common sense!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vQcdZS6Wrg

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