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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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"Imagine the government has searched your home without a warrant...You sue...

The government claims that it has a defense, but that its defense is secret. The court dismisses the case."

That's the dystopian world of state secret privilege.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/sep/26/us-courts-government-accountability-state-secrets?

A Spanish security firm working for "American friends" spied on lawyers, photographed journalists' devices, stole diapers, and fabricated documents, all to collect information on Julian Assange. @ChipGibbons89 reports on the bizarre story for @jacobin:
https://jacobin.com/2022/09/julian-assange-cia-uc-global-morales-ecuadorian-embassy-spying

A true crime podcast...with a side of pseudoscience.

DHS' latest round of TVTP/CVE grants might get creative, but they tread all too familiar ground. Behavioral profiling is pseudoscientific and opens the door to racial and religious bias. #stopCVE

https://cnsnews.com/article/national/micky-wootten/dhs-grant-funds-374996-true-crime-podcast-presenting-actual-cases

Join us Oct. 8 from 12-3 outside DOJ to demand an end to the prosecution of Julian Assange.

Featuring DRAD Policy Director @ChipGibbons89 on the grave ramifications of charging Assange under the Espionage Act!

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