Defending Rights & Dissent

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 24, 2022

Your Geolocation Fits the Description Cops Are Looking For

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the surveillance tactics used to find an alleged bank robber were unconstitutional. Specifically, Judge M. Hannah Lauck of the Eastern District of Virginia pointed to the use of a “geo-fence
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.
March 9, 2022

ICE illegally obtains customer data from money order companies like Western Union

ICE has reportedly issued unlawful summon orders to gain access to personal data from money order companies since 2019, according to Senator Wyden’s (D-OR) office. A recent inquiry made by Sen. Wyden’s office learned that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), part
March 2, 2022

This Louisiana Legislator Wants To Make Killing Protesters Legal

On February 21, a little-known Louisiana state legislator introduced a bill that would add at least two new legal justifications for murder. The first, if someone – anyone, presumably – suspects a protester might be damaging property (or “imminently” about
February 23, 2022

Why Defending Rights & Dissent Is Joining the Belmarsh Tribunal

UPDATE: You may watch a recording of the Belmarsh Tribunal here. When war crimes are exposed, the government puts the truth teller in jail. The Belmarsh Tribunal, named for the notorious British prison where Julian Assange is being held, puts
February 17, 2022

Thirty Wisconsin Organizations Call on Gov. Evers to Veto Anti-Protest Bill

Thirty Wisconsin organizations sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers today, asking that he veto Senate Bill 296, a bill that passed in the Senate on January 25 and aims to deter people from participating in the constitutionally protected right