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September 30, 2022
Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. Evidence has surfaced of CIA spying on Assange in the embassy.

How Far Did the CIA Go in Its War on WikiLeaks?

Did the CIA use a Spanish security firm known as UC Global to spy on WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange while toying with plans to assassinate or kidnap the Australian national? In spying on Assange, did the CIA and UC Global
September 30, 2022
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Abolitionist Policy Tool Dreams of a Post-War on Terror World

Two decades of the War on Terror make it clear that incremental reforms are insufficient to ameliorate the harms of a global system predicated upon Islamophobia and violence. Tendrils of the War on Terror encircle the globe and extend deep
September 19, 2022
Person with tape over their mouth. A controversial definition of anti-Semitism censors protected criticism of Israel.

Defending Rights & Dissent, National Coalition Against Censorship Oppose Speech-Chilling Resolution that Conflates Criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism

The proposed resolution intends to adopt the working definition of antisemitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) along with its 11 contemporary examples.  Anti-Semitism is a reprehensible form of bigotry, however, several of the examples attached to the IHRA definition incorrectly equate constitutionally-protected criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, effectively chilling free speech. 
September 15, 2022
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The United States of Surveillance: A Constitution Day Story

This coming Saturday will mark the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by 39 of the 41 delegates to the convention that crafted America’s current form of government. The document they circulated to their respective states for ratification
September 14, 2022

Ahead of United We Stand Summit, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Organizations War Against Relying on CVE Programs to Fight Hate Violence

Defending Rights & Dissent helped organize a letter from nearly 50 civil rights, human rights, and civil liberties groups who are united in opposing the Countering Violent Extremism framework to address hate violence in the United States. We sent the
August 31, 2022

The Espionage Act: Setting the Record Straight

Since the Department of Justice unsealed a warrant showing the Espionage Act was one of the reasons for a search of Donald Trump’s home, the media has been awash with misinformation about the Espionage Act. Confounding matters further has been
August 31, 2022

The Trump Affidavit: Civil Liberties Experts React

A federal judge just unsealed the probable cause affidavit justifying the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. On Monday morning, we convened a panel of experts to share their reactions. Moderator: Chip Gibbons Panelists: Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at
August 25, 2022
FBI HQ entrance

Of Bombs and Intelligence Collection: The FBI and the Cub Scouts

Americans are, once again, debating what is “age appropriate” sex education in light of the rise of the prominence of issues around gender, identity, and sexuality. And while much of the “groomer” rhetorical fire has been aimed at entertainment giant
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The CIA employed a shadowy Spanish security firm to spy on Julian Assange while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy. Here's the saga of what we know about collaborations between the Spanish firm and their "American friends:"
https://jacobin.com/2022/09/julian-assange-cia-uc-global-morales-ecuadorian-embassy-spying

@SarcasmStardust @action_4assange @ChrisLynnHedges @DrJillStein @JohnKiriakou @CredicoRandy @unjoe @jimmy_dore @GarlandNixon @kgosztola @SabbySabs2 @RevBlackNetwork @HardLensMedia @StellaMoris1 @richimedhurst @wikileaks @elizableu @JimBovard @USATODAY @nofearcoalition @SDonziger @DecampDave @Antiwarcom @ChipGibbons89, journalist, policy director of @RightsDissent, host of @stillspying podcast. #JulianAssange #JournalismIsNotACrime #PressFreedom #SurroundDOJ #HandsOffAssange #FreeAssangeNOW

Here's what's in the policy tool created by @MuslimsForJF, DRAD, and the other members of the Muslims for Abolitionist Futures Network. A thread on the roadmap to ending the War on Terror🧵

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