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Dissent NewsWire


  • Defending Rights & Dissent Is Excited to Welcome New Board Members

    Defending Rights & Dissent has some exciting news. On November 10, 2019, Azadeh Shahshahani and Patrick Edington joined our board of directors. Both Azadeh and Patrick are leaders in their field and deeply committed to defending civil liberties. We could not be more excited about them joining DRAD.

  • New Revelations About FBI Spying Renew Concern With Assessments

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    The investigatory powers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are regulated not by any Congressional charter, but by guidelines promulgated by the attorney general. Thanks to George W. Bush’s lameduck Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who was the last attorney general to revise the guidelines, the FBI’s standard for opening an investigation is shockingly lax. The lax nature of current FBI investigatory powers are in the news again.

  • Anti-Protest Bills Threaten First Amendment Rights in Wisconsin and Ohio

    The extractive industry is afraid. Concern about climate chaos, and opposition to their pipelines and fracking is growing. Rather than address concerns about the environment, they want to make their critics shut up. So they lobby legislators to pass bills silence the opposition.

  • Report on FBI Spying Garners Praise, Renews Concerns About Political Surveillance

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    Last week, Defending Rights & Dissent released the groundbreaking report Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse. The report has received widespread praise and has once again raised the issue of FBI spying.

  • Victory! National Park Service Will Not Impose Onerous New Regulations on Protests on National Mall

    Today, the National Park Service announced it will not adopt any of their proposed new regulations and restrictions on protests on the National Mall and the area around the White House.