Surveillance

July 10, 2020

Take Action: Congress Needs to End the Use of Facial Recognition Technology

“If the technology is flawed and the policing is flawed, then the whole thing is flawed.” Robert Williams wrongfully arrested in Michigan due to false facial recognition match As millions of Americans rise up – both on the streets and
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

Did we really kill the PATRIOT Act last night?

Thanks to you and thousands of others who sent emails, signed petitions and made phone calls over the past year, we forced a stalemate in the House of Representatives last night over the USA Freedom Act, which would have extended
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
May 20, 2020

Big Brother Rolls On

Life as we used to know it has been upended. But before anyone else declares that “nothing will ever be the same” let us not forget that Big Brother never sleeps.  From California to Maine, the mass surveillance of lawful
May 18, 2020

It’s All in Pelosi’s Hands Now

Last week, the Senate passed the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6172) to reinstate three PATRIOT Act surveillance authorities, including the notorious Section 215. To its credit, the Senate adopted a beneficial amendment to strengthen oversight of the FBI and
May 15, 2020

Senate Votes to Extend PATRIOT Act Surveillance

Eighty Senators voted yesterday to extend three PATRIOT Act surveillance provisions with minimal safeguards to protect US persons from the prying eyes of the NSA and FBI. That final vote doesn’t tell the whole story, which stars the intense campaign
May 12, 2020
NYPD officers at a #BlackLivesMatter protest in NYC

It’s Time to Rein in NYPD’s Vast Surveillance Regime

A national coalition of 41 civil rights and community-based organizations, including DRAD, sent a letter yesterday calling on New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to call for a vote on the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act.  In
May 12, 2020

Showdown Between Privacy and Surveillance Set for Tomorrow

No matter which side of the aisle you lean toward, the evidence is clear: the FBI’s use of Section 215 surveillance authorities is highly politicized and dismissive of the basic constitutional rights of US persons. In fact, the FBI has
May 7, 2020

Contact Tracing Needs Strong Safeguards

Until safeguards are put in place to prevent mission creep and other abuses of data collected through electronic contact tracing, the privacy and security of Americans could be undermined long after the emergency has ended
March 17, 2020
US Capitol

Score One for the Privacy Hawks!

Last night, privacy hawks won a decisive, if temporary, victory against the surveillance hawks who control the House and Senate (specifically, Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Adam Schiff (D-CA) in the House, and Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and
February 25, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Backs Bill to Rein In Foreign Intelligence Surveillance

Defending Rights & Dissent is supporting the Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act (SAPRA), a bi-partisan bill to rein in surveillance.
January 13, 2020
US Capitol at Night

Times Up for Mass Surveillance.

Lawmakers this spring have the opportunity to end massive surveillance programs that erode civil liberties without making Americans safer.
December 9, 2019

Dec. 13: Defending Baltimore Black Activists & the Black Community

Join us to learn about, and develop a strategy, to protect the Black Community and Black Activists from continued police oppression and surveillance!
November 29, 2019

Patriot Act Extended Until March 15

A key provision that the NSA and FBI have used for mass surveillance, Section 215, was due to expire on December 15.
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