To celebrate Bill of Rights Day today, I’d like to reflect on our tremendous legacy from the days we called ourselves the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and the groundbreaking work the organization did (long before I came onto the scene).
Montgomery County Police again disgraced themselves by treating another Black man with undue aggression, arresting Samir Ahmed in his own neighborhood after he had helped an intoxicated neighbor home.
Without explanation, the Florida Dept. of Corrections has impounded two dozen issues of The Militant in the past two years.
Supporters tell us that Defending Rights & Dissent helps them speak truth to power. They feel empowered to join with others — in the streets, at community meetings, to send an email, or call elected officials. That is what democracy looks like.
In 2018 DRAD and our grassroots supporters and activists worked hard to to defend the right to protest, challenge FBI abuses, oppose the Countering Violent Extremism program. We also defended whistleblowers, fought surveillance and censorship, championed internet freedom, and continued to rally against Guantanamo and torture.
FBI agent Terry Albury saw inherent racism in the FBI’s targeting of local communities of color, and sought to blow the whistle on that racism and the agency’s unethical use of paid informants. He will be sentenced under the Espionage Act next week.
Under the United States Constitution, the power to declare war belongs exclusively to Congress. Yet, for 3 years the United States has provided support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, including refueling Saudi war planes mid air and providing targeting intelligence. Actions by the Saudi-led coalition, such as the bombing of school bus that led to… [Read More]
Dear Troublemakers, Across the country, state legislatures have been advancing anti-protest bills and DRAD has been fighting back. The bills all clearly target certain social movements, including anti-pipeline activism, racial justice, campus activism, and human rights for Palestinians. There are also bills that take aim at anarchists and the anti-fascist (or antifa) movement that specifically… [Read More]
Members of the 9/11 Commission were smart enough to understand that federal counterterrorism programs would threaten privacy and civil liberties, so they recommended the creation of a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to review those programs to ensure they include safeguards to protect privacy and civil liberties. It’s been inoperative since January 2017.
Last week, whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in prison, plus 3 years of supervised release. Her crime was releasing one 5 page document about alleged Russian hacking and attempts to spearfish U.S. election officials.