Dissent NewsWire

July 8, 2022
abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court with a runner along the bottom reading "terrorism?"

Here’s a Bad Idea: Some Members of Congress wants to classify abortion protesters as terrorists.

In the aftermath of the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, thousands of people across the country have turned out on the streets to protest the rollback of reproductive rights. Some, like the group Jane’s Revenge, have pursued more confrontational
July 1, 2022

Grassroots Organizations and Civil Liberties Groups Applaud Reporting Requirements for CP3 in House Report as First Step Toward Ending CVE

A House committee will require the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to report annually on its grant program, which has historically targeted Muslims. The Homeland Security Appropriations subcommittee released report language mandating that CP3: 
June 30, 2022

One year of the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism: Where are we now?

It’s been just over a year since the Biden administration released the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. Since the ADL put out their own analysis, we decided to evaluate the strategy ourselves in light of what the National Strategy
June 29, 2022
Espionage Act political cartoon

We Call It: June is Espionage Act Month!

On June 15, 1917, Congress passed the egregiously misnamed Espionage Act. Although it sounds like a bill targeting spies and saboteurs, its initial targets were those Americans who dared to oppose US participation in the First World War. Decades later,
June 17, 2022
The CIA spied

Defending Rights & Dissent Statement on the Julian Assange Extradition Order

On June 17, 2022, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel ordered that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange be extradited to the US. Assange is wanted by the US government for charges that include 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act for publishing
June 16, 2022

CP3/CVE is a free expression issue

Researching foreign policy…while Muslim. Wondering about injustice….while experiencing mental illness.  Protesting police violence….while Black.  These are all suspect activities under Biden’s CP3 program.    Last year, the DHS announced a “new” countering domestic violent extremism initiative:  the Center for Prevention
June 13, 2022
Staircase overlaid with puzzle pieces, colored red

The persistent myth of radicalization

You’ve seen the story in the media. A kid stumbles across fringe ideas online, gets involved with the wrong crowd, and ends up in the headlines for committing some act of violence. These stories follow a familiar arc. The only
June 3, 2022

DRAD Mourns Passing of Our Former Advisor and CIA Whistleblower David C. MacMichael

Legendary CIA whistleblower David C. MacMichael passed away at age 93. After resigning from the CIA to expose the false claims used to justify Reagan's Central American wars, he worked with DRAD to end CIA covert action.
June 3, 2022

Chinese Americans: In the Crosshairs of Two Governments

The views expressed are the authors own, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of Defending Rights & Dissent. In the nearly two-and-a-half centuries the American Republic has existed, a nearly countless number of individuals and groups have been
June 2, 2022
Surveillance camera overlooking "keep abortions legal" sign in front of Supreme Court

When abortion prosecutions begin, will Google be complicit?

The impending Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t just endanger bodily autonomy. It also raises the specter that cruel forms of government surveillance will be used to target pregnant people. Under current data collection policies, Google holds the
May 27, 2022
college students at graduation

Ohio Supreme Court Should Step in to Protect Student Free Speech

Recently, Defending Rights & Dissent filed an amicus brief urging the Ohio Supreme Court to take up Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College. It’s a messy case with far-reaching implications for student speech. If allowed to stand, the lower court’s ruling
May 24, 2022
FBI HQ entrance

A Threat to Liberty: FBI Domestic Surveillance Practices

It’s been nearly 50 years since the Senate investigative committee chaired by the late Senator Frank Church (D-ID) revealed the scope and consequences of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal intelligence agencies’ domestic surveillance–and worse–targeting hundreds of thousands
May 16, 2022
small child at a protest in Minnesota with a sign that says "People over Pipelines"

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
protesters at supreme court holding 'bans off our bodies; signs

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.
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