On Thursday, January 23, 2020, about 60 people packed the room at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) to hear about FBI surveillance. The event, jointly cosponsored by Defending Rights & Dissent and IPS, was a “people’s briefing” on FBI political surveillance.
Defending Rights & Dissent policy director Chip Gibbons was joined by IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis who moderated the event.
Defending Rights & Dissent is guided by the Bill of Rights, which was adopted to limit the power of the state over individuals and to preserve basic human and individual rights for every person under U.S. jurisdiction or control, even in times of war or other national crises, and regardless of who holds elected power.
In 2015, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Defending Dissent Foundation agreed to merge to place both organizations and their respective supporters in an even stronger position to help restore constitutional rights eroded by executive agencies.