Defending Rights & Dissent

September 22, 2021

Ending the War on Terror At Home

Two decades ago, the US embarked on a “Global War on Terror.”  As Americans mark this grim anniversary, we are forced to confront the still unfolding legacy of the War on Terror. Much of these conversations have focused on a
September 20, 2021

President Biden: End The War on Terror At Home!

Dear President Joseph Biden, Twenty years ago today, your predecessor signed into law an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Many in Congress understood themselves as voting for the impending
August 16, 2021

With Ground Troops Withdrawing From Afghanistan, Defending Rights & Dissent Calls for Repeal of AUMF, Closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison

Just days after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Congress overwhelmingly passed a joint resolution “to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States” (AUMF). While many members
August 12, 2021

DRAD & National Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Groups Call on DOJ to Sue States that Pass Anti-Protest Laws

In the one year since Americans took to the streets in historic numbers amid a global pandemic to stand up for Black lives in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, their persistent, loud and clear voices – and organizing efforts
August 5, 2021
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Seventy-five Members of Congress Call for Immediate Closure of Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp

Today, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Congressman David Price (D-NC), and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), along with more than 70 members of Congress, delivered a letter to President Biden calling for the immediate closure of the prison at Naval Station Guantanamo
July 27, 2021

Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns 45-Month Jail Sentence of Daniel Hale

Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, Defending Rights & Dissent observers were present in court when drone whistleblower Daniel Hale gave an eloquent statement to the judge before being sentenced to 45 months in prison. In his statement, Hale told the
July 19, 2021

Protest the Rendition of Former Guantanamo Prisoner Ravil Mingazov to Russia

We applaud the repatriation of Abdul Latif Nasser, who was detained at Guantanamo for 19 years without charge. Nasser was cleared for release from the prison camp in July, 2016 but has languished there for over 4 years awaiting transfer
June 30, 2021

DRAD Applauds Raskin and Chu for Hosting “Researching While Chinese American” Roudtable

On June 30, Rep. Raskin, Chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Rep. Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus convened a roundtable conversation, “Researching while Chinese American: Ethnic Profiling, Chinese American Scientists
June 29, 2021

Defending Rights & Dissent Mourns Loss of Senator Mike Gravel

Defending Rights & Dissent was deeply saddened by the passing of Senator Mike Gravel. Gravel served two terms as a Senator from Alaska. During his first term, Gravel led an unparalleled rebuke against government secrecy, becoming the only Senator to
June 9, 2021
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At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?

On this day in 1954, one of our nation’s most infamous demagogues had his career come to a symbolic end. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose name has now become synonymous with political persecution, rose from a relatively unremarkable junior Senator to
June 8, 2021

Witness Against Torture (WAT) presents Torture Awareness Week, Fast & Vigil on June 21-26

Witness Against Torture (WAT) invites you to join a fast during June Torture Awareness Week.  We will fast in our homes in deference to the still unvanquished pandemic, but we’ll connect by Zoom. Fast for a day or two, or for
May 24, 2021

Ellsberg Blows the Whistle Again. Will DOJ Attempt to Prosecute Again?

May 24, 2021 Unbeknownst to most of us, Dan Ellsberg secretly copied another exposive report when he copied the Pentagon Papers fifty years ago. The second classified study documented how close the U.S. came to starting a nuclear war with
April 28, 2021
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DRAD and Others Urge End to Previously Secret Facial Recognition Program Operating in the National Capitol Region (Maryland, DC, and Virginia)

April 28, 2021 Today, Defending Rights & Dissent joined two dozen other organizations to urge an end to the funding for the National Capital Region Facial Recognition Investigative Leads System (“NCR-FRILS”) pilot project, halt the use of the system, and
April 22, 2021

The FBI, Judas, and the Black Messiah

  While the assassination of Fred Hampton took place five decades ago, new revelations about the FBI’s role in Hampton’s death are still emerging. Researchers Aaron Leonard and Conor Gallagher have been key to these developments. In their quest to
April 20, 2021

DRAD Calls on Feds to End Use of Clearview AI Facial Recognition Tech

In a new letter co-signed by dozens of civil rights and civil liberties organizations across the country, Defending Rights & Dissent is calling on the federal government to end its use of facial recognition technology provided by the private company
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