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April 23, 2018 – Members of the Senate got two letters today. Over 100 Generals expressed concern over Haspel’s nomination, while civil liberties and progressive groups weighed in against both Haspel and Pompeo
April 23, 2018 – Defending Rights & Dissent has deep concerns about the draft Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) introduced on April 16. The Constitution gives Congress, not the President, the power to declare war. Yet, the proposed AUMF would turn this on its head.
April 19, 2018 – Things are looking dim for torture apologist Mike Pompeo and his bid to become Secretary of State, and no brighter for Gina Haspel at CIA.
April 13, 2018 – If the prosecution can’t in “good conscience, ask another fourteen citizens” to sit through a trial of protesters, there’s a solution. Drop the charges.
April 11, 2018 – A day after the petitions were delivered, we learned that the trial, set to start April 17, had been delayed again.
April 10, 2018 – Whistleblowers and government transparency join Defending Rights & Dissent in calling for an end to Espionage Act abuse.
April 10, 2018 – From the Bay Area, California to Durham, North Carolina grassroots activists are scoring victories against police militarization.
April 6, 2018 – Although Defending Rights & Dissent is a domestic civil liberties, we recognize the threat allowing police departments to train with known human rights abusers. US police are frequently criticized for acting like an occupying army. Training with an actual occupying army will only further this mindset amongst law enforcement.
March 31, 2018 – Officials from the Department of Justice and the FBI, with the blessing of the White House, have been holding meetings with security experts to develop backdoors that would give law enforcement uninterrupted access to encrypted data.
March 29, 2018 – The Department of Justice’s continuing felony prosecutions stemming from an anti-capitalist, anti-fascist protest during Trump’s inauguration has taken yet another bizarre turn. Earlier this month Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff indicated her intent to call as an expert witness, an FBI agent who infiltrated social movements, such as Occupy Wall Street, to opine on “black bloc tactics.” The government has also requested that the witness testify publicly under an alias. They cite as cause for concern about the “safety and security” of the FBI agent the fact that journalists and other observers (including the author of this piece) reported on public testimony during the last trial.