Defending Rights & Dissent

February 28, 2024

Urgent Congressional Briefing: Press Freedom & the Assange Prosecution

On February 26, 2024, Defending Rights & Dissent convened a historic–and urgent–briefing on Capitol Hill on press freedom and the prosecution of Julian Assange. The briefing featured Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, Jodie Ginsberg, the CEO of Committee
February 27, 2024

Statement on the CFAA Indictment of Journalist Tim Burke

On February 22, 2024, the Department of Justice unsealed the indictment of journalist Timothy Burke under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The indictment, which concerns Burke’s access to Fox News unaired segments and sports news, wields the CFAA
February 16, 2024

We stopped FISA 702 for now… But it’s a wild story how we got here

Defending Rights & Dissent has called on our supporters and grassroots activists repeatedly over the past few months to call on Congress to rein in mass surveillance. Your advocacy made a huge difference! Together, we’ve fended off attempts to extend
February 12, 2024

25 Orgs Tell GA Prosecutors: Anti-surveillance tools should not be evidence of criminal intent

In early motions in the Cop City RICO trial, it appears the prosecution is trying to argue that use of a “burner phone” is in itself evidence of criminal intent. Guardrails on government surveillance are central to our constitutional rights,
February 9, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Espionage Act Double Standard, Calls for Reform of Antiquated and Unjust Law

On February 8, 2024 Special Counsel Robert K. Hur’s report into President Joseph Biden’s handling of classified documents was released. Although the special counsel found that Biden had willfully retained national defense information, he did not recommend charging the President.
January 30, 2024

Speaker Emertia Pelosi Calls for FBI Investigation of Ceasefire Protesters; DRAD sends letter

On January 28, 2024, Nancy Pelosi called on the FBI to investigate protesters calling for a ceasefire in Gaza for connections to Russia, saying “For them to call for a ceasefire is Mr. Putin’s message…I think some of these protesters
January 12, 2024

Defending Rights & Dissent Unequivocally Condemns US Bombing of Yemen

Yesterday, the Biden Administration violated Article I of the United States Constitution and the War Powers Act by launching military action against targets in Yemen without Congressional approval. Although the War Powers Act allows for the President to use force
January 5, 2024

Guantanamo at 22: Actions are Happening Across the Country; Around the World

On Thursday, January 11, human rights activists will mark the 22 anniversary of Guantanamo Bay prison at vigils, protests, and education events around the world. Organizers are calling on President Biden to immediately release the 16 men who have been
November 21, 2023

Defending Rights & Dissent Applauds Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Call for Julian Assange’s Freedom

On November 8, 2023, 16 members of Congress went on record for Assange: they sent a letter to President Joe Biden to withdraw the extradition request against Australian publisher Julian Assange and end the prosecutorial proceedings against him. Members of
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

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,
October 2, 2023

DRAD Sues FBI to Force Release of Crucial Historical Documents Related to Fred Hampton Assassination

Breaking News: Moments ago we filed a lawsuit against the FBI that will compel the release of William O’Neal’s FBI file, O’Neal was an FBI informant who provided the FBI with a blueprint of Fred Hampton’s apartment. Below is the
September 28, 2023

93 Organizations Tell AG Carr: Drop Cop City RICO Charges!

On September 5, 2023, the Georgia Attorney General’s office handed down an indictment of 61 Stop Cop City protesters, organizers, and 2020 racial justice advocates. The indictment alleges a conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
September 28, 2023

Civil Liberties Advocates’ Statement on PCLOB Section 702 Report

Today, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued its long-awaited report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The report, endorsed by a majority of the Board’s members, sheds new light on abuses over the past
September 7, 2023

Georgia’s latest assault on Stop Cop City: RICO charges and conspiracy theories

Defending Rights & Dissent condemns the RICO indictments leveled against 61 forest defenders, racial justice activists, and community organizers as a tool intended only to repress dissent and suppress political organizing. The indictments, made public by the office of Georgia