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Dissent NewsWire

  • Organizations Decry Cozy Relationship Between Amazon and Local Police

    Last week, DRAD joined over 30 civil rights organizations on an open letter sounding the alarm about Amazon’s spreading Ring doorbell partnerships with police. The letter calls on local, state, and federal officials to use their power to investigate Amazon Ring’s business practices, put an end to Amazon-police partnerships, and pass oversight measures to deter such partnerships in the future.

  • No More Sneaky Backdoors for the FBI

    Time and again the FBI has shown its inability, or unwillingness, to obey the law. This time, a secret court ruling made public last week revealed that the FBI had conducted tens of thousands of unauthorized searches of U.S. persons in a government intelligence database between 2017 and 2018

  • In Light of FISA Court Ruling, It’s Time to Close The FBI’s Backdoor Loophole

    Earlier this week, it was revealed that a judge on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court ruled that some of the FBI’s “backdoor” searches of communications intercepted by the NSA violated the rights of Americans. Defending Rights & Dissent has long opposed the FBI’s backdoor searches and renews its call for Congress to eliminate them once and for all.

  • FBI’s powers need to be reined in, not expanded

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    Calls to expand the FBI’s powers to investigate “domestic terrorism” are unnecessary and would further enable law enforcement to suppress dissent.

  • Leaked FBI Memo Conjures Threat of Armed Conflict From Anarchist Groups Fighting for Immigrant Rights

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    The FBI is monitoring groups protesting U.S. border and immigration policies and considers them violent threats despite providing little evidence to support that claim.