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  • Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Trump’s Nominee Who Was Involved in Torture to Head CIA

    Gina Haspel should be subject to a criminal investigation, not running the CIA. Defending Rights & Dissent adamantly opposes her nomination and calls upon the Senate to reject her.

  • Who’s a Foreign Agent? The Answer May Surprise You

    US Capitol at Night

    As Congress seeks to counter Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election, lawmakers have turned for help to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, an 80-year-old law that requires agents of foreign principals to register with the Attorney General. Several bills have been introduced to strengthen enforcement of the law, which has been rarely used.

  • Senators Patrick Leahy and Steve Daines Seek to Rein in Warrantless Border Searches of Electronic Devices

    Boot of oppression stepping on the U.S. Constitution

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has the authority to look through an US person’s (i.e. citizen or lawful permanent resident) electronic devices at the border and at international airports even if they cannot cite a reason for being suspicious.A bipartisan bill proposed in Congress on Tuesday would limit these practices and strengthen the Fourth Amendment rights of US persons when they are reentering the country.

  • Anti-Protest Legislation: Implications for Social Movements

    Join us for a free webinar Wednesday March 14th from 7-8:30pm EST to learn about the scores of anti-protest bills that have been introduced in state legislatures this year, and find out how to fight them.

  • Call-In Day To Support the Right to Boycott

    US Capitol at Night

    Call (202) 224-3121 to let Congress know: “I oppose the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (HR 1697/S 720) because the First Amendment protects the right to engage in political boycotts.”