Defending Rights & Dissent

August 1, 2022
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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
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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 8, 2022
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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 1, 2022

Grassroots Organizations and Civil Liberties Groups Applaud Reporting Requirements for CP3 in House Report as First Step Toward Ending CVE

A House committee will require the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to report annually on its grant program, which has historically targeted Muslims. The Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee released report language mandating that CP3: 
June 3, 2022

DRAD Mourns Passing of Our Former Advisor and CIA Whistleblower David C. MacMichael

Legendary CIA whistleblower David C. MacMichael passed away at age 93. After resigning from the CIA to expose the false claims used to justify Reagan's Central American wars, he worked with DRAD to end CIA covert action.
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 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
protesters at supreme court holding 'bans off our bodies; signs

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
April 25, 2022

Defending Rights & Dissent Urges Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to Consider First Amendment Implications of FBI Domestic Terrorism Investigations

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) has asked for public comments regarding privacy and civil liberties issues concerning the government’s efforts to counter domestic terrorism. On April 25, 2022, Defending Rights & Dissent submitted public comments calling attention
April 20, 2022

The Biden Administration Should Halt Its Campaign to Extradite Assange

Earlier this morning, as expected, a UK magistrate ordered Julian Assange’s extradition to the US. This is the result of the UK Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the WikiLeaks publisher’s appeal. The extradition order will now go to UK Home
March 14, 2022

Defending Rights & Dissent Statement on UK Supreme Court’s Refusal to Hear Assange’s Appeal

On March 14, 2022, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court denied Julian Assange permission to appeal his extradition.  “This is an appalling decision. Assange faces grave human rights abuses in the US,” said Defending Rights & Dissent policy director Chip Gibbons.
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