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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

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

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
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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
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Abortion is now decided on a state-by-state basis. But federal agents and resources could be used to aid abortion investigations. DOJ and the FBI should take a stand - no federal resources for abortion investigation.

A year into the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, Biden should resist calls to create new authorities and end biased counterterrorism programs.

Good for @benandjerrys for taking a principled stand to continue its boycott of sales in Israel. Boycotts are a form of free speech, and Ben & Jerry's should have every right to continue.

"Research from the Center on Demo­cracy and Tech­no­logy shows that students...monitored are reluct­ant to express them­selves openly, chilling creat­ive speech and expres­sion and foster­ing young people’s expect­a­tion that surveil­lance is the norm."

Guns can chill protest. Statehouse grounds should be considered "sensitive places" for the purpose of firearm bans, along with polling places and vote counting centers. There have to be common-sense carveouts for democracy.

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