December 14, 2023
Capitol building, where the House today voted to extent warrantless surveillance

Congress Votes to Extend Warrantless Surveillance Program

This morning, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included an extension of FISA Section 702 surveillance authorities. This is the controversial warrantless surveillance program that the FBI has abused on a “persistent and widespread” basis. It
December 12, 2023

Protest, encryption loom large in Cop City RICO jury selection

Yesterday, jury selection began for the first Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) trial for a Stop Cop City protester. The defendant, Ayla King, is accused of criminal trespass and “join[ing] an organized mob…thereby aiding and abetting in the
November 7, 2023

Announcing: Protest Under Fire!

Protest is the voice of the people.  It’s a powerful tool to force confrontation and shake up the status quo. From writing letters to protesting in the streets, from occupations to boycotts, our democracy demands that people have the freedom
October 12, 2023
Past Palestine Solidarity Protest

Israel-Gaza War Has Dissent Under Fire At Home

Reactions in the US to the Israel-Gaza war have created an inhospitality to dissent that has many recalling the aftermath of September 11, 2001 attacks.  Both supporters of Palestine and Israel are entitled to the same First Amendment protections. However,
September 28, 2023
Example of social media surveillance of Stop Cop City events, obtained via FOIA

The Cop City Shuffle: FOIA and Protester Surveillance

The Stop Cop City movement is a lightning rod for political surveillance. Judging from police presence at protests and internal documents showing an extensive social media monitoring apparatus, agencies across Georgia are spying on Stop Cop City. But understanding the
September 26, 2023
Woody Kaplan

Woody Kaplan: Troublemaker with a Heart of Gold

Defending Rights & Dissent has lost a champion. Woody Kaplan, who died at his home surrounded by loved ones, in Boston on August 3, 2023. Over the decades, Woody’s impact on DRAD has been  immeasurable. He loved our mission, and