Dissent NewsWire

February 23, 2024

DRAD Policy Director, Chip Gibbons, Speaks at London Assange Protest

On February 20th and 21st, 2024, thousands of people showed up to protest outside the high court in London where Julian Assange is fighting extradition to the US where he faces espionage charges. He could be weeks away from being
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

What the Vault 7 Source Sentence Means for Julian Assange and the Future of Press Freedom

In a dramatic move, convicted WikiLeaks source Joshua Schulte was sentenced to 33 years and four months in prison for giving to WikiLeaks CIA hacking tools dubbed “Vault 7.” His sentence caught many in the press freedom community off guard.
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 18, 2024

DC holds vigil for murdered Gazan journalists

On January 17, 2024, Defending Rights & Dissent held a vigil for the slain journalists in Gaza. The vigil was co-sponsored by Freedom of the Press Foundation and attended by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO). Although
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
December 14, 2023

Congress Votes to Extend Warrantless Surveillance Program

This morning, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included an extension of FISA Section 702 surveillance authorities. This is the controversial warrantless surveillance program that the FBI has abused on a “persistent and widespread” basis. It
December 12, 2023

Protest, encryption loom large in Cop City RICO jury selection

Yesterday, jury selection began for the first Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) trial for a Stop Cop City protester. The defendant, Ayla King, is accused of criminal trespass and “join[ing] an organized mob…thereby aiding and abetting in the
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