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September 19, 2022

Defending Rights & Dissent, National Coalition Against Censorship Oppose Speech-Chilling Resolution that Conflates Criticism of Israel with Anti-Semitism

The proposed resolution intends to adopt the working definition of antisemitism used by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) along with its 11 contemporary examples.  Anti-Semitism is a reprehensible form of bigotry, however, several of the examples attached to the IHRA definition incorrectly equate constitutionally-protected criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism, effectively chilling free speech. 
September 15, 2022
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The United States of Surveillance: A Constitution Day Story

This coming Saturday will mark the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by 39 of the 41 delegates to the convention that crafted America’s current form of government. The document they circulated to their respective states for ratification
September 14, 2022

Ahead of United We Stand Summit, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Organizations War Against Relying on CVE Programs to Fight Hate Violence

Defending Rights & Dissent helped organize a letter from nearly 50 civil rights, human rights, and civil liberties groups who are united in opposing the Countering Violent Extremism framework to address hate violence in the United States. We sent the
August 31, 2022

The Espionage Act: Setting the Record Straight

Since the Department of Justice unsealed a warrant showing the Espionage Act was one of the reasons for a search of Donald Trump’s home, the media has been awash with misinformation about the Espionage Act. Confounding matters further has been
August 31, 2022

The Trump Affidavit: Civil Liberties Experts React

A federal judge just unsealed the probable cause affidavit justifying the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. On Monday morning, we convened a panel of experts to share their reactions. Moderator: Chip Gibbons Panelists: Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at
August 25, 2022
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Of Bombs and Intelligence Collection: The FBI and the Cub Scouts

Americans are, once again, debating what is “age appropriate” sex education in light of the rise of the prominence of issues around gender, identity, and sexuality. And while much of the “groomer” rhetorical fire has been aimed at entertainment giant
August 16, 2022

Who knows the Espionage Act better than Donald Trump? 

Even before the FBI carried out its search warrant of his Florida home for “national defense information or classified material” taken from the White House, the former president frequently boasted how his administration prosecuted national security leaks more aggressively than
August 15, 2022

Chip Gibbons and Kevin Gosztola Discuss the “Pretty Bad Takes” on Trump and the Espionage Act

No one is above the law. Not a sitting president. Not a former president. And certainly not Donald Trump. We know too often the powerful are treated to a different set of rules. Presidents and other high level officials lie
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It's not just Assange on the docket. It's the First Amendment.

Join us at this vital rally on October 8th outside DOJ. #HandsOffAssange

Using Waze or the Starbucks app shouldn't require you to give up your privacy rights. Congress needs to pass the Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act to keep federal agencies out of our data.

https://www.opb.org/article/2022/09/27/senators-push-to-reform-police-cellphone-tracking-tools/

The CIA violated attorney-client privilege and spied on Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. @ChipGibbons89 appeared on @LeftReckoning to tell this disturbing story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAPrKUW27RA

Hidden cameras are a common activist tactic. Now, a court has ruled that recording animal abuse at factory farms is covered by the First Amendment. Trespassing is already illegal - criminalizing recording clearly tramples over the First Amendment.

https://reason.com/2022/09/28/1st-amendment-protects-activist-recordings-of-factory-farms-rules-federal-judge/

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