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August 1, 2022
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FBI Raids Homes and Offices of Activist Groups, Claiming Russian Influence

On Friday July 29, 2002 the FBI raided homes and offices associated with the African People’s Socialist Party and Uhuru Solidarity Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri. These related groups describe their political views as socialism and
July 30, 2022
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National Whistleblower Day in the Shadow of the Espionage Act

The US observes National Whistleblower Day today, but despite this nominal recognition, whistleblower protections in many ways remain threadbare, and the most chilling threat to truth-tellers looms larger as ever in the continuing and expanding use of the Espionage Act.
July 29, 2022
Cop cars near school buses. Profiling through threat assessment feeds the school-to-prison pipeline

Threat Assessment: Where Difficulties, Dissent, and Disability Become Harbingers of Violence

In the aftermath of Uvalde and other school shootings, the knee-jerk reaction has been to expand threat assessment. CP3’s TVTP grant program has recently allocated more funding for threat assessment conducted by universities and nonprofits in conjunction with law enforcement.
July 20, 2022
Law enforcement and intelligence agencies are selling out the Fourth Amendment by buying from data brokers

Guess Who’s Buying Their Way Around the Fourth Amendment? (If You Guessed ICE, FBI, IRS, DOD, DEA and CBP…You Are Right)

This week, FOIA documents revealed that Customs and Border Protection and ICE are dodging the Fourth Amendment by buying our private data from third-party data brokers, instead of bothering with a warrant. Add these agencies to a list that already
July 13, 2022
Capitol building, where the Rules Committee considered the inclusion of an Espionage Act reform amendment

House Rules Committee Blocks Vote on Historic Protections for Journalists and Whistleblowers

Last night, the House Rules Committee blocked an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Action that would have amended the draconian Espionage Act to prevent its continued abuse against journalists, their sources, and whistleblowers. Had the Rules Committee approved the
July 8, 2022
Espionage Act political cartoon

Tlaib Espionage Act Reform Would be Major Breakthrough for Press Freedom and Transparency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) introduced an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which would amend the Espionage Act of 1917 to increase civil rights, civil liberties, and due process protections in the
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: 
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Whistleblowers have had their homes raided and their lives ruined over documents exposing government criminality that the US people had a right to know about it.

If Trump truly had nuclear secrets, he was treated with a double standard--just not in the way he's implying.

Excellent work (as always) from @avitale on the real reasons we should be concerned with the FBI.

https://truthout.org/articles/there-are-good-reasons-to-defund-the-fbi-they-have-nothing-to-do-with-trump/

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