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.
Chip spoke for about 20 minutes about our report Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse, as well as, the history of the FBI. As Chip explained, the FBI has engaged in political policing throughout its history. Afterwards, Chip and Phyllis discussed the role report before opening the floor to questions.