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July 15, 2019 – Defending Rights & Dissent condemns in the strongest possible terms these remarks. Trump is willfully conflating criticizing him with hating the United States. He is demonizing dissent and engaging in racist demagoguery.Dissent is essential to democracy.
July 14, 2019 – Open and transparent government took another hit when the Supreme Court ruled to broaden the definition of “confidential” materials that are exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
July 12, 2019 – Following nationwide protests against pipelines, industry-backed legislation has been passed to crack down on protestors. 17 states have had bills criminalizing protests at pipelines with 7 states having passed bills. The situation escalated when Secre… [Read More]
July 11, 2019 – How much secrecy does the CIA need, and why? The CIA wants to expand the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, which makes it a crime to expose the identity of any covert agents who has worked abroad in the past five years. The new provision, which i… [Read More]
July 8, 2019 – SunTrust’s decision to stop new financing to the private prison industry and immigrant detention companies is a testament to the growing strength of our movement and the power of everyday people standing up for what’s right.
June 26, 2019 – In an upset, public defender Tiffany Cabán won the Queens District Attorney race on June 26th. Supporters of Cabán feel her victory promises a progressive shift in the enforcement of laws in Queens. Cabán has focused on “decarceration.” It’s also part… [Read More]
June 26, 2019 – The PCLOB will also review FBI backdoor searches of data collected under Section 702, and the NSA’s Call Record Detail program.
June 24, 2019 – Under so-called “backdoor searches,” agencies, including the FBI and DEA, search these communications without ever obtaining a warrant.
June 24, 2019 – The report documents illegal treatment of water protectors by law enforcement and courts. It charges this conduct as violations of constitutional and human rights law. The report calls for government accountability and drastic changes in U.S. practices towards Indigenous environmental protectors and their supporters.
June 21, 2019 – According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump ordered a strike on Iran yesterday, only to call it off at the last minute. Only Congress, not the President, has the authority to initiate such a military action. Trump’s attack would have been illegal and unconstitutional.