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September 24, 2020

Ten Years Later: FBI’s Politically Motivated Sting Operation and Raid Still Unjustified and and Epic Fail

In the early morning of September 24, 2010, 70 FBI agents raided the homes of anti-war and peace activists throughout the Midwest. These activists learned that they had been targets of a years long undercover sting operation that attempted to
September 18, 2020
young Black people at Black Lives Matter protest with sign and facemasks

Over A Dozen Civil Society Groups Call on Congress to Investigate FBI & DHS “Black Identity Extremism” Spying

September 18, 2020

Increasing Funding for ICE & CBP is Pouring Gasoline on a Blazing Constitutional Fire

The shocking disclosures by Dawn Wooten, LPN, a nurse turned whistleblower, about dangerous and unethical medical practices, including mass hysterectomies, at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Georgia have once again turned attention to the appalling way ICE
September 17, 2020

Constitution Day 2020: Chaos and Continuity

Almost 170 years ago, Fredrick Douglass created a stir in the Abolitionist movement via an essay in the May 23, 1851 edition of William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator, declaring that the Constitution “might be made consistent in its details with
September 14, 2020

DRAD and Law 4 Black Lives Ask DC Mayor to Get Her Priorities Straight

DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser was angry when federal agents aggressively fired chemical agents at peaceful protesters outside the White House on June 1, to clear the way for President Trump to wave a bible in front of a church. On
September 10, 2020

FBI Still Can’t Follow FISA Rules, Yet Granted Sweeping Spying Powers Anyways!

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court has rebuked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for failing to follow the rules the court has imposed on its warrantless search of US persons’
September 8, 2020

Remembering Kevin Zeese, Tireless Fighter for Our Democracy

Defending Rights & Dissent was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Zeese over the weekend. Over his life, he was on the frontlines of many causes--whistleblower protections, election integrity, single payer healthcare, net neutrality, reforming our criminal justice system, environmental justice, and peace.Kevin fought for peace over war, for democracy over corporate dominance.  Kevin’s life embodied the importance of dissent to a democracy. He will be deeply missed. 
September 8, 2020

The DOJ Is Spying On Puerto Rican Student Protesters

In April of 2017, students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) were on strike to protest austerity policies being pursued by the Puerto Rican government to pay their bondholders. On April 27, 2017, the Board of Directors of the
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Assange was charged w/ “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion” & accused of “agreeing” to assist Pfc. Chelsea Manning in “cracking a password.”

At the end of the 3rd week of a UK extradition trial, allegations related to this were entirely discredited

https://shadowproof.com/2020/09/26/password-cracking-conspiracy-theory-assange-extradition-tria

What’s Happening in ICE Detention? Featuring Azadeh Shahshahani https://www.pscp.tv/w/ckERJTF3QkVBcm9YUGRCUVB8MXJteFBZQWJNYWdLTo4nUzZZqG619SuC7phkGot1hlI_MnKYum0M66n7NEa3

Join us tonight at 7pm ET for a special conversation w/ @ProjectSouth's @ashahshahani to discuss the latest explosive whistleblower revelations about horrific abuses happening at ICE detention facilities. RSVP here https://rightsanddissent.org/live/ice-detention-whistleblower/ or livestream on FB, Twitter, or YouTube

In March, former SSCI Chairman @SenatorBurr said the government had the inherent executive authority to conduct warrantless surveillance at staggering scale, the kind of stuff @Snowden revealed and that Congress never really dealt with. Video: https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4860932/user-clip-sen-burr-claims-eo-12333-permits-mass-surveillance-without-congresss-permission https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1309271166834667520

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NEW: Bipartisan representatives demand answers on expired surveillance programs http://hill.cm/OMIt2BD

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