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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
young Black people at Black Lives Matter protest with sign and facemasks

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
September 14, 2020

DRAD and Law 4 Black Lives Ask DC Mayor to Get Her Priorities Straight

DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser was angry when federal agents aggressively fired chemical agents at peaceful protesters outside the White House on June 1, to clear the way for President Trump to wave a bible in front of a church. On
September 10, 2020

FBI Still Can’t Follow FISA Rules, Yet Granted Sweeping Spying Powers Anyways!

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.  The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court has rebuked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for failing to follow the rules the court has imposed on its warrantless search of US persons’
September 8, 2020

Remembering Kevin Zeese, Tireless Fighter for Our Democracy

Defending Rights & Dissent was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Kevin Zeese over the weekend. Over his life, he was on the frontlines of many causes--whistleblower protections, election integrity, single payer healthcare, net neutrality, reforming our criminal justice system, environmental justice, and peace.Kevin fought for peace over war, for democracy over corporate dominance.  Kevin’s life embodied the importance of dissent to a democracy. He will be deeply missed. 
September 8, 2020

The DOJ Is Spying On Puerto Rican Student Protesters

In April of 2017, students at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) were on strike to protest austerity policies being pursued by the Puerto Rican government to pay their bondholders. On April 27, 2017, the Board of Directors of the
September 3, 2020

Rightwing Website Falsely Targets Black Portland Community Leader

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