The Dissent Newswire

November 30, 2020
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Selling Out the Fourth Amendment

US law enforcement and military agencies have been buying their way around the Fourth Amendment using loopholes in federal privacy laws to access vast troves of our personal data.  As we all know, private companies like Facebook, Google, and Verizon,
November 24, 2020

Citing McCarthyite Atmosphere, DRAD Files Brief on Behalf of Fordham Students for Justice In Palestine

Defending Rights & Dissent has filed an amicus brief on behalf of Fordham Students for Justice in Palestine. In 2015, student supporters of Palestinian human rights sought to form a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) student club at Fordham
November 18, 2020

It’s Time to Reform the Espionage Act

Last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a once-secret National Security Agency bulk surveillance program was illegal and likely unconstitutional. The court was able to rule on the program thanks to disclosures by Edward Snowden. Snowden’s revelations
November 11, 2020

America’s Veterans: Citizens, Soldiers, Spies and Targets

Despite the esteem politicians claim to hold for veterans, behind the scenes, the FBI and even the Army is willing to spy on vets.
November 9, 2020

No Time To Celebrate

This is no time to relax.  Reining in our country’s runaway executive branch must begin now, even as the current occupant of the White House grasps at his last days in office and before the new administration has a chance
October 23, 2020

DRAD Supports “The Squad’s” Call for International Investigation Into Alleged DHS Human Rights Abuses

Today, Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) sent a letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations Human Rights Council,
October 21, 2020

This Won’t End November 3

These past few months have been hard but inspiring.  Protests against racial injustice continue in Portland, Louisville and across the nation as countless Americans refuse to be silenced by aggressive and excessive policing and a polarizing president that stokes racial
October 21, 2020

Oakland Says Good Riddance to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force

Last night, the Oakland City Council terminated local police participation in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) by unanimously passing a measure introduced by County Council President Rebecca Kaplan. It was a smashing victory for a broad coalition of
October 16, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Demands Federal Investigation Into Shooting of Anti-Fascist Activist by Federal Task Force

Defending Rights & Dissent demands a full, transparent investigation into the shooting of Michael Reinoehl by a federal fugitive task force. Reinoehl was identified as an “antif-fasicst” activist. He was wanted by police for the second-degree murder of a Patriot
October 2, 2020

Prepublication Review: Court-sanctioned Censorship 

For First Amendment and government transparency advocates, the fall of 2020 is off to a decidedly dreary start. On September 29, Judge Liam O’Grady in the federal Eastern District of Virginia gave the Department of Justice and the Intelligence Community
September 30, 2020

Tortured Detainee At Guantánamo Wins Court Ruling on Health Care Services

Pursuant to U.S. Army regulations, war detainees are “eligible for direct repatriation” if they are: (1) “suffering from disabilities as a result of injury, loss of limb, paralysis, or other disabilities, when these disabilities are at least the loss of
September 24, 2020

Ten Years Later: FBI’s Politically Motivated Sting Operation and Raid Still Unjustified and and Epic Fail

In the early morning of September 24, 2010, 70 FBI agents raided the homes of anti-war and peace activists throughout the Midwest. These activists learned that they had been targets of a years long undercover sting operation that attempted to
September 18, 2020
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Over A Dozen Civil Society Groups Call on Congress to Investigate FBI & DHS “Black Identity Extremism” Spying

September 18, 2020

Increasing Funding for ICE & CBP is Pouring Gasoline on a Blazing Constitutional Fire

The shocking disclosures by Dawn Wooten, LPN, a nurse turned whistleblower, about dangerous and unethical medical practices, including mass hysterectomies, at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Georgia have once again turned attention to the appalling way ICE
September 17, 2020

Constitution Day 2020: Chaos and Continuity

Almost 170 years ago, Fredrick Douglass created a stir in the Abolitionist movement via an essay in the May 23, 1851 edition of William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator, declaring that the Constitution “might be made consistent in its details with
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