Dissent NewsWire

August 4, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws Pt. 4: The War on Terror’s Education Division

Our schools are battlegrounds. At least, that‚Äôs how DHS sees them.¬† Letting the national security state run rampant through schools creates what Nicole Nguyen calls ‚Äúschool securitization.‚ÄĚ Students, socialized into a world of threats around every corner, learn to fear
July 29, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws Pt. 3: Fighting The Stalker State

For a decade, activists from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition have fought on the front lines to oppose further expansion of what they term the ‚Äústalker state.‚ÄĚ Members of the Coalition join us to deconstruct national security mythology and reappraise
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 22, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws, Pt. 2: Muslim Activists Call BS on Biden

Why are Muslim-led organizations leading the fight against Biden’s anti-white supremacy counterterrorism strategy? Because his strategy just reheats the CVE program, an insidious form of psychological warfare that has deeply harmed Muslim communities. As the national security state strong-armed community
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
July 14, 2021

New Name, Same Flaws Pt. 1: What is CVE/CP3? The ‚ÄėPath to Violence‚Äô Myth

We all know that white supremacist violence is a grave threat. But the Biden administration’s approach to addressing white supremacist violence leaves much to be desired. Its tactics aren’t anything new: the CP3 program resurrects debunked CVE strategies. Far from
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 29, 2021

The ‚ÄúChina Initiative‚ÄĚ: State-sanctioned Chinese American Persecution

By Patrick G. Eddington As President Biden prepared to sign the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on May 20, he no doubt captured the feelings of many Asian Americans when he said: “We heard how too many Asian Americans have been
June 28, 2021

Guide to the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

By Cody Bloomfield On June 15, the Biden Administration released a National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The new strategy increases data collection and information sharing, raises the specter of internet censorship, creates new offices for ‚Äúpreventing recruitment and mobilization,‚ÄĚ
June 16, 2021

It’s Not Just About Assange, It’s About Press Freedom

It’s fitting that an event in support of Julian Assange took place on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the Pentagon Papers. The court cases surrounding the publication of the Pentagon Papers once laid bare the lengths the government
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

Reporter Surveillance and the Espionage Act: The Government’s War on Disclosure

By Cody Bloomfield Earlier this year, news broke that Trump‚Äôs Department of Justice had subpoenaed reporters‚Äô phone records. Biden condemned this seizure of journalists‚Äô records, calling it ‚Äúsimply wrong.‚ÄĚ Biden promised that his DOJ would not pursue journalists‚Äô records. Yet
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
June 7, 2021

A Rose By Any Other Name: Biden Ends TVTP By Renaming It CP3

By Cody Bloomfield On the campaign trail, Biden promised to end the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Program (TVTP). He did… by recycling the same broken countering violent extremism framework into a new counterterrorism grant program. Under Biden‚Äôs DHS, TVTP