The Dissent Newswire

September 27, 2011

Not without a warrant!

Did you know that federal law says the government can read your email and track your movements without getting a warrant from a judge? That’s what a 1986 law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, says. Don’t you think it’s time
September 23, 2011

Ten years of torture

Ten years ago on September 11, 2001, the United States suffered the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history. In the panic of the weeks that followed, the American government began changing its counterterrorism policies in ways that undermined constitutionally
September 11, 2011

The greatest casualty of 9/11: The America we knew

Ten years ago on September 11, 2001, the United States suffered the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history. In the panic of the weeks that followed, the American government began changing its counterterrorism policies in ways that undermined constitutionally
September 6, 2011

Better This World premiere tonight on PBS

Tonight, the PBS documentary series POV will premiere Better This World, a documentary about civil liberties in America today. [streaming info available here] [Better This World is] the story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending
August 3, 2011

The diversity of terrorists

What do a Norwegian farmer, the Nigerian son of a wealthy banker, a Gulf War veteran awarded a Bronze Star, and a Harvard graduate have in common? If you answered that these individuals have all been terrorists, you win. The
July 27, 2011

Stand with us against FBI abuses

Over the past decade, the FBI has dramatically abused the constitutional rights of diverse Americans—and not for the first time in its history. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee recently produced “The unPATRIOTic Act & COINTELPRO 2.0,” a short video
July 23, 2011

How FBI entrapment is criminalizing Islam…

Is being Muslim a crime? On the face of it, this question presents a clear contravention of American principles of religious tolerance. There are few principles that unite America, and religious pluralism is one of them. Another is an aversion
July 12, 2011

Shine a light on the FBI

Over the past ten years, FBI Director Robert Mueller has overseen extensive privacy violations and abuses of constitutional rights. Yet, even though the FBI has never addressed these ongoing and expanding problems, President Obama has asked Congress to extend the
June 24, 2011

New entrapment limits necessary to stop abuses

Jon Sherman’s “A Person Otherwise Innocent”: Policing Entrapment in Preventative, Undercover Counterterrorism Investigations, published in 2009 by The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, examines the jurisprudential state of the entrapment defense and its limits on the ground. Federal law
June 21, 2011

Two More Years for FBI Director Mueller?

For the first time in nearly forty years, the director of the FBI, may have his ten year term extended beyond the statutory limit set by Congress. On June 16, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11 to 7 to
May 23, 2011

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: Why the FBI Needs New Leadership

The last ten years have witnessed an assault on the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans, led largely by the FBI. Appointed mere days before the 9/11 attacks, Director Robert S. Mueller III has guided the bureau through the resurrection of
May 20, 2011

Congressional leaders sell out the Constitution

Today, the Associated Press reports that “top congressional leaders have agreed to a four-year extension of the USA PATRIOT Act, including…[provisions] that have been controversial in the past.” Decried by voices across the political spectrum, from conservatives Bob Barr, Bruce Fein,
May 18, 2011

Making the PATRIOT Act permanent

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted 22-13 in favor of a bill extending two expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act for six years—and making another permanent. Now is a crucial time in the legislative process, and we must
May 11, 2011

Will the real patriots please stand up?

Over the past several weeks, we’ve encouraged grassroots constitutionalists across the partisan spectrum to stand up, reach out, and meet with your elected representatives to exhort them to insist on dramatic changes to the USA PATRIOT Act to restore civil liberties. This
May 7, 2011

New “war footing” for domestic intelligence

Last week’s defeat of Osama bin Laden could suggest that our nation’s extraordinary surveillance and domestic security policies over the past decade are due for reevaluation and correction to ensure compliance with our constitutional values. Then again, maybe not. According
DONATE