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May 16, 2022
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DRAD Applauds New Tool That Shines Light on Anti-Protest Lobby

Defending Rights & Dissent welcomed the launch today of an Anti-Protest Lobby Tracker website created by The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). The lobby tracker was created for researchers, journalists, and citizen activists to shed light on the special interests behind
May 12, 2022
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WTF WaPo? Why Do You Hate the First Amendment?

Since Politico published a sweeping draft opinion by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito overturning decades of precedent concerning abortion rights, many Americans have exercised their First Amendment rights by protesting this looming decision. For the past half decade, we have
May 9, 2022

Defending Rights & Dissent Urges UK To Reject Extradition Request for Julian Assange

On Monday May 9, 2022, Defending Rights & Dissent urged UK Home Secretary to reject the US's extradition request for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. As US-based NGO focused on the First Amendment, it is highly unusual for us to correspond with foreign governments. However, given the extraordinary nature of Assange’s case and its implications for press freedom not just in the US, but globally, we are compelled to do so.
May 6, 2022
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With Roe v. Wade on the Chopping Block, Is Your Right to Privacy Next?

The leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion confirms what many have long expected: the overturning of Roe v Wade and the end of constitutionally protected safe and legal abortions in America. But if the language in the final decision
May 5, 2022
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Stop CVE Coalition Gets Creative, Goes on Inside-the-Beltway Offense

Since 2014, Defending Rights & Dissent has been organizing in local communities to oppose CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) programs. Much of that work has been as part of the national Stop CVE Coalition, founded by the Muslim Justice League. Thanks
May 4, 2022
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We’re Suing the FBI. And the NSA.

On Friday April 29, 2022, Defending Rights & Dissent brought a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act against the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. These agencies
May 3, 2022
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Defending Right & Dissent Opposes Any FBI Probe Into Identity of Source of Politico’s Supreme Court Reporting 

In an unprecedented first for journalism, Politico reported on and published a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning decades of precedent that a right to privacy protected the right to have an abortion. Since this bombshell revelation, Chief Justice John Roberts
April 27, 2022

Setbacks for Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act Are a Victory for Civil Liberties

Yesterday, it was reported that due to opposition from civil liberties groups and Congressional progressives, House Democrats have postponed a vote on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. Defending Rights & Dissent, along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the
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Opposition to the DHS disinformation board was not limited to the far-right or proponents of disinformation.

There were serious, civil liberties concerns raised across the spectrum that this article erases.

Talk about disinformation!
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/05/18/disinformation-board-dhs-nina-jankowicz/

Congress is poised to vote on the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act.

Recently, we laid out to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board our longterm concerns with how FBI efforts to counter domestic terrorism impact First Amendment rights.

https://www.rightsanddissent.org/news/defending-rights-dissent-urges-privacy-and-civil-liberties-oversight-board-to-consider-first-amendment-implications-of-fbi-domestic-terrorism-investigations/

A ruling on the US's extradition request for Julian Assange could come at any moment.

Here's what we told UK Home Secretary @pritipatel.

https://www.rightsanddissent.org/news/defending-rights-dissent-urges-uk-to-reject-extradition-request-for-julian-assange/

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