March 11, 2020
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What the Inspector General Report on FBI Assessments of Homegrown Violent Extremists Misses

The FBI’s use of assessments and its homegrown violent extremism designation are both highly controversial. Yet, the OIG ignores this completely, taking their existence for granted.
November 4, 2019
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New Revelations About FBI Spying Renew Concern With Assessments

The investigatory powers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are regulated not by any Congressional charter, but by guidelines promulgated by the attorney general. Thanks to George W. Bush’s lameduck Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who was the last attorney general to revise the guidelines, the FBI’s standard for opening an investigation is shockingly lax. The lax nature of current FBI investigatory powers are in the news again.
September 4, 2019
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Leaked FBI Documents Show FBI Developed “IRON FIST” To Counter “Black Identity Extremists”

Portions of the FBI’s Consolidated Strategy Guide were leaked to the Young Turks’ Ken Klippenstein. Labeled “threat guidance”, these documents from 2018-2020, show how Black dissent continues to be viewed as a top domestic terrorism threat by the
July 18, 2019

H.Res.496 Simply Affirms the Right that All Americans Have the Right to Participate in Boycotts in Pursuit of Civil & Human Rights

The First Amendment protects your right to boycott. Yet, many lawmakers don’t care about your constitutional rights.
May 30, 2019

Texas The Latest Victory for Right to Boycott, As Another Federal Court Blocks an anti-BDS Law

Texas is like 27 other states in that it prohibits supporters of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions for Palestinian rights from receiving state contracts. It has also
April 11, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent’s Statement on the Indictment of Julian Assange

Earlier this morning, London police entered the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested Julian Assange. Press freedom, civil liberties, and human rights groups have long opposed the extradition of Assange to the US.
March 8, 2019

Statement on the US Government’s Latest Jailing of Chelsea Manning

Manning is a whistleblower, a truth teller, and a hero. Yet, for making the American people aware of crimes committed by their government in their name the US government has repeatedly persecuted her.
March 7, 2019

Two New DHS Domestic Spying Scandals Revealed

Both Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) are engaged in monitoring and tracking First Amendment protected activity.Monitoring of political speech is inherently chilling. It is also outside the jurisdiction of both ICE and CBP.
March 5, 2019

Chelsea Manning Resists

Supporters of Chelsea Manning braved a chilly morning to gather outside the US District Courthouse for the Eastern District of Virginia. Manning was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, but has vowed to fight the subpoena
February 28, 2019

Constitution in Crisis: February

Dear Troublemaker, ICE agents are torturing detainees in their custody. It’s no secret that conditions at ICE detention and processing facilities are deplorable. Long waits for
February 27, 2019
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When HUAC Investigated Its Critics

Would you ever criticize the actions of Congress? Would your answer to any those questions change if doing so meant you would be subpoenaed, hauled before Congress, and compelled to answer under oath what your intent was when you wrote your letter or what associations you belonged to at the time?
February 14, 2019
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By 3-2 Vote Portland Breaks with FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

The Portland City Council voted 3-2 to sever ties with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).Given the FBI’s persistent surveillance of activists, its targeting of the Muslim community, and overly permissive guidelines, Defending Rights & Dissent strongly supports the effort of municipalities to break with the JTTF.
February 14, 2019
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House Votes to End Illegal US War in Yemen, Will Senate Follow?

The House of Representatives made history when it voted to invoke the War Powers Resolution to end the US’s illegal participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The vote was 248-177.
February 4, 2019
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FBI Caught Spying on Anti-Racist Groups…Again

The FBI opened a counterterrorism investigation into racial justice group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). The precipitating incident was a counter protest against the white supramcists. At the protest, individuals brought knives and violently stabbed anti-racist counter protesters. This led the FBI to investigate...the counter protesters
January 29, 2019

After Four Votes, Senate Advances Unconstitutional Anti-Boycott Bill

The Senate considered for the fourth time S1, which contains the Combating BDS Act. This unconstitutional bill passed 74 to 19.