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June 9, 2021
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At Long Last, Have You No Sense of Decency?

On this day in 1954, one of our nation’s most infamous demagogues had his career come to a symbolic end. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose name has now become synonymous with political persecution, rose from a relatively unremarkable junior Senator to
June 8, 2021

Reporter Surveillance and the Espionage Act: The Government’s War on Disclosure

By Cody Bloomfield Earlier this year, news broke that Trump’s Department of Justice had subpoenaed reporters’ phone records. Biden condemned this seizure of journalists’ records, calling it “simply wrong.” Biden promised that his DOJ would not pursue journalists’ records. Yet
June 8, 2021

Witness Against Torture (WAT) presents Torture Awareness Week, Fast & Vigil on June 21-26

Witness Against Torture (WAT) invites you to join a fast during June Torture Awareness Week.  We will fast in our homes in deference to the still unvanquished pandemic, but we’ll connect by Zoom. Fast for a day or two, or for
June 7, 2021

A Rose By Any Other Name: Biden Ends TVTP By Renaming It CP3

By Cody Bloomfield On the campaign trail, Biden promised to end the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Program (TVTP). He did… by recycling the same broken countering violent extremism framework into a new counterterrorism grant program. Under Biden’s DHS, TVTP
June 4, 2021

Snowden, Surveillance and Whistleblowing: Unlearned Lessons and Unfinished Business

By Patrick G. Eddington It’s been the better part of a decade since NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden first revealed massive U.S. government surveillance of our phone communications. The additional disclosures that followed led to no meaningful public Congressional hearings into
May 24, 2021

Ellsberg Blows the Whistle Again. Will DOJ Attempt to Prosecute Again?

May 24, 2021 Unbeknownst to most of us, Dan Ellsberg secretly copied another exposive report when he copied the Pentagon Papers fifty years ago. The second classified study documented how close the U.S. came to starting a nuclear war with
May 14, 2021

We Should Never Forget the Lessons of the Jackson State Massacre

By Cody Bloomfield May 14, 2021 On May 15, 1970, police fired over 400 bullets and pieces of deershot into a student dorm at the predominantly Black Jackson State University. Police originally mobilized on campus in response to student protests;
May 12, 2021

Is ‘Student Activism’ a Four-Letter Word? Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. and Student Speech

Last week, the Supreme Court heard an important case about student free speech rights. The case, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. concerns a cheerleader who was suspended from her junior varsity cheerleading team following a Snapchat post where she
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Today AG Garland meets with journalists about press protections. It's time for Garland to drop #DropTheCharges against Assange, and for DOJ to make good on its promise to protect journalists and their sources.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/12/us/politics/government-leaks-garland-biden-administration.html

Tonight! Our Policy Director @ChipGibbons89 joins Julian Assange's father John, his brother @GabrielShipton, author and political activists @marwilliamson, and journalist @ryangrim to say #FreeAssange #DropTheCharges

The Primary Sources Podcast (@primaryXsources) is out TOMORROW! First episode: @DanielEllsberg, released on the 50th anniversary of the publication of revelations from the Pentagon Papers.

The FBI's 1990s Adopt-A-School program included a "geography" lesson, in which students had to memorize the locations of the top 15 FBI offices. Remind us again why the FBI isn't in charge of school curriculum?

Washington DC, Sunday June 13th, 5pm EDT

Julian Assange's father & brother (@GabrielShipton) to speak with @marwilliamson, @ryangrim, & @ChipGibbons89 at Busboys & Poets' 14th & V location:

https://www.busboysandpoets.com/events/th-evt-17904542/

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