June 1, 2020

The Ongoing Saga of the Patriot Act Surveillance Provisions

On Wednesday night our left-right coalition of grassroots activists and members of Congress managed to thwart House leadership’s attempt to ram an unacceptable reauthorization of the Patriot Act down our throats. Thousands of people across the country let their legislators
May 27, 2020

DRAD Withdraws Support for Lofgren-Davidson Amendment

Once again we’ve been double crossed by Nancy Pelosi, shanked by Adam Schiff.  As these “heroes” of the resistance and leaders of the Democratic Party decry the authoritarian tendencies of President Trump, they fall over themselves to undermine our Constitutional
March 11, 2020
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What the Inspector General Report on FBI Assessments of Homegrown Violent Extremists Misses

The FBI’s use of assessments and its homegrown violent extremism designation are both highly controversial. Yet, the OIG ignores this completely, taking their existence for granted.
February 10, 2020
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Missed Opportunities At Last Week’s FBI Oversight Hearing

The FBI both has expansive surveillance powers and a long history of abusing civil liberties. Congress must exercise oversight over the FBI. This requires approaching these abuses as what they are--longstanding, systemic problems.Unfortunately, for the most part, both Democrats and Republicans missed opportunities at least week’s hearing to really take on the issue of FBI abuse.
January 28, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Teams Up With Institute For Policy Studies for A People’s Briefing on FBI Abuse

Sixty people attended a joint Defending Rights & Dissent and Institute for Policy Studies People's Briefing on political surveillance and the FBI.
January 21, 2020

Full House for Panel On History of Political Policing

Around 100 people gathered at The People’s Forum last Thursday, for a discussion of “Still Spying on Dissent: The History of Political Policing.” The event showcased Defending Rights & Dissent’s groundbreaking report Still Spying on the Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse and comes on the heels of the 100th Anniversary of the Palmer Raids, one of the most notorious abuses of civil liberties in US history.
December 4, 2019

50th Anniversary of Police Murder of Black Panther Activists Fred Hampton and Mark Clark

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Hamtpon and Clark were activists with the Black Panther Party. Chicago police killed both men during a police raid ostensibly ordered by the Cook County state’s attorney. Subsequent revelations uncovered the role of the FBI in the raid. In our recent report, Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse, we discussed the raid and how it is part of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO.
November 4, 2019
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New Revelations About FBI Spying Renew Concern With Assessments

The investigatory powers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are regulated not by any Congressional charter, but by guidelines promulgated by the attorney general. Thanks to George W. Bush’s lameduck Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who was the last attorney general to revise the guidelines, the FBI’s standard for opening an investigation is shockingly lax. The lax nature of current FBI investigatory powers are in the news again.
October 31, 2019
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Report on FBI Spying Garners Praise, Renews Concerns About Political Surveillance

Last week, Defending Rights & Dissent released the groundbreaking report Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse. The report has received widespread praise and has once again raised the issue of FBI spying.
October 23, 2019

Our Report on FBI Spying Featured in The Intercept

Defending Rights & Dissent launched a groundbreaking new report chronicling the FBI’s (most) recent surveillance of social movements. And the report, Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse, is already making waves!The Intercept just published a major piece on the report, that both summarizes and validates the report:
October 22, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Releases Groundbreaking Report Exposing A Pattern of FBI First Amendment Abuse

October 22–For Immediate Release: Defending Rights & Dissent has published a major new report titled Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment. The report details FBI monitoring of political expression and social movements during the last
October 10, 2019

In Light of FISA Court Ruling, It’s Time to Close The FBI’s Backdoor Loophole

Earlier this week, it was revealed that a judge on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court ruled that some of the FBI’s “backdoor” searches of communications intercepted by the NSA violated the rights of Americans. Defending Rights & Dissent has long opposed the FBI’s backdoor searches and renews its call for Congress to eliminate them once and for all.
September 10, 2019

Church Committee Final Report, Book III, 1976

Take a deep dive into the observations of Senate staff regarding FBI tactics toward civil society. Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Jo2ZelNIR5LESBdAhu9s4xPNPzS8MRr2 Original document name: Church Committee Report Book III [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”resource-type”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”geo”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”yr”]
September 4, 2019
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Leaked FBI Documents Show FBI Developed “IRON FIST” To Counter “Black Identity Extremists”

Portions of the FBI’s Consolidated Strategy Guide were leaked to the Young Turks’ Ken Klippenstein. Labeled “threat guidance”, these documents from 2018-2020, show how Black dissent continues to be viewed as a top domestic terrorism threat by the
August 16, 2019

FBI Threat Guidance FY18, FY19, and FY20

Direct link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D6MfD7LfVfoRTG9wZ3uJAuO74g1Qf0Pq Original document name: FBI Threat Guidance [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”resource-type”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”geo”], [wpv-post-taxonomy type=”yr”]