Defending Rights & Dissent

November 28, 2022
Student Using Computer. Kids' privacy and safety online will be endangered by KOSA

DRAD Joins with 90 LGBTQ+, Human Rights, Civil Liberties, and Tech Policy Groups Concerned About KOSA

Defending Rights and Dissent has joined with 90 other organizations – all of us fighting to protect youth privacy, safety, and access to information –  to voice our concern about the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). While it sounds benign,
November 23, 2022
Activists protesting the murder of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. The FBI is now investigating her death.

The FBI should not let Israel get away with the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh

On May 11, 2022, an Israeli sniper murdered Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.  The Al-Jazeera reporter was wearing a blue press vest while covering an Israeli raid on a Palestinian refugee camp in the occupied West Bank.  Abu Akleh’s family
November 23, 2022
Murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi

First a fist bump, then carte blanche for the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

On October 2, 2018, Washington Post columnist and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. His body was reportedly dismembered. Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi government. US intelligence concluded that Crown Prince
October 11, 2022
Alex Odeh with his family. DRAD joins ADC's call for justice for Alex Odeh.

Justice for Alex Odeh: 37 years later, the activist’s assassination remains unsolved

37 years ago today, Alex Odeh was assassinated at the offices of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) as part of a coordinated bombing campaign to silence activists. For decades, Defending Rights & Dissent has stood in solidarity with ADC in
September 30, 2022
Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. Evidence has surfaced of CIA spying on Assange in the embassy.

How Far Did the CIA Go in Its War on WikiLeaks?

Did the CIA use a Spanish security firm known as UC Global to spy on WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange while toying with plans to assassinate or kidnap the Australian national? In spying on Assange, did the CIA and UC Global
September 19, 2022
Person with tape over their mouth. A controversial definition of anti-Semitism censors protected criticism of Israel.

Defending Rights & Dissent, National Coalition Against Censorship Oppose Speech-Chilling Resolution that Conflates Criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism

The proposed resolution intends to adopt the working definition of antisemitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) along with its 11 contemporary examples.  Anti-Semitism is a reprehensible form of bigotry, however, several of the examples attached to the IHRA definition incorrectly equate constitutionally-protected criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, effectively chilling free speech. 
September 14, 2022

Ahead of United We Stand Summit, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Organizations War Against Relying on CVE Programs to Fight Hate Violence

Defending Rights & Dissent helped organize a letter from nearly 50 civil rights, human rights, and civil liberties groups who are united in opposing the Countering Violent Extremism framework to address hate violence in the United States. We sent the
August 31, 2022

The Espionage Act: Setting the Record Straight

Since the Department of Justice unsealed a warrant showing the Espionage Act was one of the reasons for a search of Donald Trump’s home, the media has been awash with misinformation about the Espionage Act. Confounding matters further has been
August 31, 2022

The Trump Affidavit: Civil Liberties Experts React

A federal judge just unsealed the probable cause affidavit justifying the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. On Monday morning, we convened a panel of experts to share their reactions. Moderator: Chip Gibbons Panelists: Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at
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
The story of the original whistleblowers reminds us of the need to protect whistleblowers from excesses of the Espionage Act.

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
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 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.
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