Thanks to you and thousands of others who sent emails, signed petitions and made phone calls over the past year, we forced a stalemate in the House of Representatives last night over the USA Freedom Act, which would have extended key PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities for years.
House leadership had to pull the bill because they knew they didn’t have enough votes to pass it.
This is a major victory. But it won’t be permanent.
Defending Rights & Dissent is guided by the Bill of Rights, which was adopted to limit the power of the state over individuals and to preserve basic human and individual rights for every person under U.S. jurisdiction or control, even in times of war or other national crises, and regardless of who holds elected power.
In 2015, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Defending Dissent Foundation agreed to merge to place both organizations and their respective supporters in an even stronger position to help restore constitutional rights eroded by executive agencies.