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November 30, 2020
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Selling Out the Fourth Amendment

US law enforcement and military agencies have been buying their way around the Fourth Amendment using loopholes in federal privacy laws to access vast troves of our personal data.  As we all know, private companies like Facebook, Google, and Verizon,
November 24, 2020

Citing McCarthyite Atmosphere, DRAD Files Brief on Behalf of Fordham Students for Justice In Palestine

Defending Rights & Dissent has filed an amicus brief on behalf of Fordham Students for Justice in Palestine. In 2015, student supporters of Palestinian human rights sought to form a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student club at Fordham
November 18, 2020

It’s Time to Reform the Espionage Act

Last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a once-secret National Security Agency bulk surveillance program was illegal and likely unconstitutional. The court was able to rule on the program thanks to disclosures by Edward Snowden. Snowden’s revelations
November 11, 2020

America’s Veterans: Citizens, Soldiers, Spies and Targets

Despite the esteem politicians claim to hold for veterans, behind the scenes, the FBI and even the Army is willing to spy on vets.
November 9, 2020

No Time To Celebrate

This is no time to relax.  Reining in our country’s runaway executive branch must begin now, even as the current occupant of the White House grasps at his last days in office and before the new administration has a chance
October 23, 2020

DRAD Supports “The Squad’s” Call for International Investigation Into Alleged DHS Human Rights Abuses

Today, Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) sent a letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council,
October 21, 2020

This Won’t End November 3

These past few months have been hard but inspiring.  Protests against racial injustice continue in Portland, Louisville and across the nation as countless Americans refuse to be silenced by aggressive and excessive policing and a polarizing president that stokes racial
October 21, 2020

Oakland Says Good Riddance to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

Last night, the Oakland City Council terminated local police participation in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) by unanimously passing a measure introduced by County Council President Rebecca Kaplan. It was a smashing victory for a broad coalition of
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#LunchtimeLive: Why You Should Support DRAD this #GivingTuesday

Join us in ten minutes for a #GivingTuesday #LunchtimeLive with DRAD Executive Director @Sueudry and DRAD Policy & Legislative Director @ChipGibbons89 to preview what our priorities for 2021 will be. Tune in live here.

Your #GivingTuesday donation can help us continue to host #LunchtimeLive w some of the most prominent reporters & analysts on issues like corrupt police squads, the military's use of Twitch for recruitment & Bill Barr's DOJ's response to the 2020 protests.

In spite of tremendous obstacles, including a top-down assault on civil liberties & COVID19, we’ve made great strides in '20. Imagine what we can do in '21 w/ your support on #GivingTuesday? We know we can have an even greater impact! Give today @

This year, we were a leading organization in the effort to force the sunset of Sect. 215 - the most egregious surveillance provision of the PATRIOT Act. With your support on #GivingTuesday, DRAD can continue our fight against unconstitutional surveillance.

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