The Dissent Newswire

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
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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
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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.
February 3, 2020
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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.
January 17, 2020
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Transparency Groups Oppose Senate Plan to Restrict Press During Impeachment Trial

Defending Rights & Dissent joined with 17 other civil society organizations on a letter objecting to restrictions place on members of the media. The letter includes a brief history of Senate efforts to stymie transparency.   January 17, 2020 The
January 17, 2020

Cotton, Cruz, and Braun Attempt to Weaponize DOJ Against Dissidents

We are deeply disturbed by a letter from the senators insinuating that the National Iranian American Council has dual loyalties, is somehow less American than other organizations in this space, and should be subject to a Justice Department investigation.
January 15, 2020

Guantanamo at 18, Out of the Headlines, But Activists Continue to Bear Witness

More than a decade after they were brought to Guantánamo, 40 men remain detained there, including five who have been approved by the U.S. government for transfer out of the detention camp. Most of the men have never been charged or convicted of any crime.
January 13, 2020
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Times Up for Mass Surveillance.

Lawmakers this spring have the opportunity to end massive surveillance programs that erode civil liberties without making Americans safer.
January 6, 2020
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Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Border Detentions of Iranian-Americans, Urges Congress to Assert Their Constitutional War Powers

Days after Donald Trump ordered the assassination of an Iranian general, sparking concern of a US war with Iran, over 60 individuals of Iranian descent, including US citizens and permanent residents, were detained, had their passports confiscated, and were interrogated about their political beliefs at the US-Canadian border.ending Rights & Dissent strongly condemns these detententions. It is flagrantly unconstitutional to subject someone to detention because of their national origin or ethnicity.
December 17, 2019

It’s Chelsea Manning’s Birthday, Demand Her Freedom Now!

Today is Chelsea Manning’s birthday. She is spending it yet again behind bars. We need you to demand her freedom now.
December 16, 2019

ICE Initiates Force Feeding of More Hunger Strikers in Louisiana and Texas facilities

ICE agents are force-hydrating at least five asylum seekers from India detained at Jena-LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana and force-feeding three men at the El Paso Processing Center in El Paso, Texas. The eight men have been on prolonged hunger strike, some nearing two months without eating.
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