Chip Gibbons

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 bond hearings, lack of medical care, verbal abuse and worse from guards have all
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
person wearing a FBI JTTF windbreaker at a press conference with other police

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
US Capitol at Night

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.
January 22, 2019
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Former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Tells Fox News FBI’s Counterintelligence Sought to Prevent “Progressives” and “Socialists” From Getting Into Government

A former high ranking FBI official exclaimed during an appearance on the Tucker Carlson show that the FBI had worked to keep people with leftwing views out of government. The FBI's long history of acting as the political police demonstrates why it is misguided for them to embraced as a force for democracy.
January 15, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Raises Troubling Issues with William Barr’s Views on War Powers

One particularly troubling aspect of Barr's views that have flown under the radar is his disturbing views about presidential war powers. On three separate occasions--Panama, Iraq, and Somalia--Barr advised then-President George H.W. Bush who use military force without congressional approval.
January 8, 2019

The Senate’s #1 Priority: CURTAILING Your Free Speech Rights

The Senate is off to a bad start. The very first bill introduced, S.1, is an omnibus that includes the “Combating BDS Act of 2019.” It’s a bill designed to chill criticism of Israel.  That’s right. As the new Senate convenes
December 18, 2018

Two New Lawsuits Challenge Unconstitutional Anti-Boycott Laws

Arkansas and Texas aren’t unique in having laws on the books aimed at penalizing supporters of Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) for Palestinian rights. They are among 26 states to have enacted such laws. Arkansas and Texas have also joined another growing subset of states--those who face First Amendment challenges to their anti-BDS laws.
December 14, 2018
Sunset sky over the US Capitol building dome in Washington DC.

Invoking War Powers Act for First Time, Senate Moves to End Illegal US War in Yemen

Yesterday, the Senate voted to end the US’s illegal, unauthorized military participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This is historic. Never has either chamber voted to invoke the War Powers Act. This could not have happened without grassroots pressure. I
December 12, 2018
US Capitol at Night

Another Assault on The Right to Boycott by the Lame Duck Congress

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), is following in Cardin's footsteps and has announced he will try to get the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act language into the budget. Anti-semitism is deplorable. And people should be aware of it. But this bill isn't about combating anti-semitism, it's about perverting federal civil rights law to silence supporters of Palestinian civil rights.
December 10, 2018

DRAD Defends Human Rights Defenders

Free expression, free assembly, and free association aren’t just fundamental rights. They are the tools that human rights defenders rely on to fight back against the abuses.
December 4, 2018

Free Speech Rights Under Fire on Campus: From Marc Lamont Hill to the Department of Education

Academic freedom for supporters of Palestinian human rights is under fire.As a civil liberties organization, Defending Rights & Dissent takes no position on Palestine-Israel. However, we recognize there is a concerted, unconstitutional effort to silence supporters of Palestinian human rights. As an organization founded by victims of McCarthyism, we are obligated to speak out against such affronts to political expression and organizing
November 1, 2018

Yet Another Ag-Gag Law Struck Down. This Time in Wyoming.

Attempts to insulate the agricultural industry from public scrutiny by using “ag-gag” laws suffered another major blow. On October 29, 2018, a federal judge ruled found that Wyoming's ag-gag laws were unconstitutional. Ag-gag laws in other states have suffered similar fates.
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