The Dissent Newswire

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
March 16, 2020

DRAD Urges US Senate to Vote Against Cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020

On Monday, March 16, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will attempt to invoke cloture on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2020 – that means shutting down debate on the bill and moving forward for a full vote. Defending
March 13, 2020

Defending Rights & Dissent Official Statement on the Release of Chelsea Manning

“It was well past time for Manning to go free,” said Defending Rights & Dissent Policy Director Chip Gibbons. “However, Manning should never have been imprisoned to begin with. She testified extensively under oath during her court martial. This highlights the fact that the US government was likely abusing the grand jury to continue to retaliate against her exposing their crimes. That the grand jury itself is connected to an unprecedented attempt to use the Espionage Act against a publisher of truthful information shows that the US government is engaged in an all out war on truthtelling.”
March 11, 2020
person wearing a FBI JTTF windbreaker at a press conference with other police

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.
March 9, 2020

Webinar: The Extradition of Julian Assange and the Future of Global Press Freedom

In a move that has major ramifications for global press freedom, the United States is seeking to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the UK to stand trial under the Espionage Act for the crime of publishing truthful information of public interest about US foreign policy. Join us on Wednesday, March 11 for a free webinar with Daniel Ellsberg and Kevin Gosztola.
March 2, 2020

FISA Extension Bill Delayed; Next Steps Uncertain

On February 26, the House Judiciary Committee suddenly postponed a scheduled vote on the USA FREEDOM Reauthorizaion Act, a months-long, bipartisan effort to reform and reauthorize a handful of domestic surveillance authorities – most notably, Section 215 of the Patriot
February 26, 2020
Whistle On American Flag

Assange Extradition Threatens Global Press Freedom

Assange is charged under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful information. The indictment is seen as an assault on those people and organizations that publish classified information in the public interest.
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.
February 13, 2020

Open Letter: Ban Facial Recognition on School Campuses

Among the findings noted in the resolution, is the key fact that Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.
February 11, 2020
US Capitol Dome. Blue night sky behind.

Sorry, Mr. President, Only Congress Has the Authority to Declare War.

Among the findings noted in the resolution, is the key fact that Congress has the sole power to declare war under article I, section 8, clause 11 of the United States Constitution.
February 10, 2020
FBI emblem

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.
February 3, 2020
protesters at US Capitol with signs opposing Trump and Muslim ban

Expansion of Muslim Ban Creates Dire Need for Congress to Pass No Ban Act

Just days after the third anniversay of his original Muslim ban, Trump has outdone himself by expanding the ban in his signature cruel, bigoted, and racist style. On January 31, he banned people from six new countries: Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan,
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.
January 21, 2020

MoCo Council Bill Would Exacerbate School-to-Prison Pipeline and Maryland’s Already Nation-Leading Black Youth Incarceration Rate

The bill would put more cops in schools.
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