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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
June 2, 2022
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When abortion prosecutions begin, will Google be complicit?

The impending Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t just endanger bodily autonomy. It also raises the specter that cruel forms of government surveillance will be used to target pregnant people. Under current data collection policies, Google holds the
May 27, 2022
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Ohio Supreme Court Should Step in to Protect Student Free Speech

Recently, Defending Rights & Dissent filed an amicus brief urging the Ohio Supreme Court to take up Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College. It’s a messy case with far-reaching implications for student speech. If allowed to stand, the lower court’s ruling
May 24, 2022
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A Threat to Liberty: FBI Domestic Surveillance Practices

It’s been nearly 50 years since the Senate investigative committee chaired by the late Senator Frank Church (D-ID) revealed the scope and consequences of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal intelligence agencies’ domestic surveillance–and worse–targeting hundreds of thousands
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