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
NOTE: This is an UPDATED post. The time for the livestream has been changed both days to 5 pm EST (they were originally scheduled for 1 pm EST) Day X for press freedom and Julian Assange is February 20 –
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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