Dear Troublemakers, The fact that the nomination of a known torturer to be head of the CIA hasn’t been rejected out of hand even by Democrats in the Senate is truly shameful. Not only did Gina Haspel oversee torture when she was head of a CIA blacksite in Thailand, she later ordered the destruction of… [Read More]
As Congress seeks to counter Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election, lawmakers have turned for help to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, an 80-year-old law that requires agents of foreign principals to register with the Attorney General. Several bills have been introduced to strengthen enforcement of the law, which has been rarely used.
Defending Rights and Dissent joined with Black Lives Matter DC, the Stop Police Terror project and over 50 other organizations to demand that the DC City Council hold a public hearing outside of work hours, to hear public testimony regarding racism and violence in the Metropolitan Police Department
A dozen civil liberties, open government, and accountability organizations joined Defending Rights & Dissent to protest a provision included in the Continuing Resolution Congress passed to end the government shutdown on January 22.
Dear Troublemakers: Every month you get this newsletter, filled with shocking accounts of the latest assaults on our right to political expression and our Bill of Rights. But it’s also filled with accounts of how Defending Rights & Dissent is part of a powerful grassroot movement that is fighting back and winning. You know that… [Read More]
Boston is a city that prides itself on its progressive politics. But it’s time to take a closer look at surveillance and policing in the city.