The Dissent Newswire

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.
December 11, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Opposes Trump Executive Order Equating Support for Palestinian Rights with Anti-Semitic Discrimination

Anti-semitism is a real threat and should be opposed. Civil rights laws are an important and necessary tool in upholding the rights of all people. However, it is a distortion of civil rights to use federal civil rights law to silence political speech and advocacy for Palestinian human rights.
December 10, 2019
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Defending Rights & Dissent Comment on DOJ IG Review of FBI’s Trump Campaign Investigation

Yesterday, the Department of Justice Inspector General released a long awaited report on the FBI’s conduct during “Operation Crossfire Hurricane,” the counterintelligence investigation into certain associates of the Trump campaign.
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!
December 4, 2019

50th Anniversary of Police Murder of Black Panther Activists Fred Hampton and Mark Clark

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. Hamtpon and Clark were activists with the Black Panther Party. Chicago police killed both men during a police raid ostensibly ordered by the Cook County state’s attorney. Subsequent revelations uncovered the role of the FBI in the raid. In our recent report, Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse, we discussed the raid and how it is part of the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO.
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.
November 29, 2019
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We need a Human Rights and Democracy Act for the U.S., and a PROTECT Act for American Protesters

On Wednesday, Trump signed two bills meant to support the protest movement in Hong Kong. Would that domestic protest movements got a fraction of the love Capitol Hill and the White House are showering on those in Hong Kong.
November 20, 2019
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Groups Question Use of DHS Discriminatory Border Screening Policy

In a letter to DHS, 40 civil society groups challenge intrusive social media screening known as extreme vetting. Defending Rights & Dissent joined the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Brennan Center for Justice, the Center for Democracy and Technology ( CDT), and 40 other civil society organizations, submitting a letter to
November 19, 2019

A Deeply Undemocratic Bill Sits on Wisconsin Governor Evers Desk. He Should Veto It.

A coalition of national civil liberties, labor, and environmental groups has asked Governor Evers to veto the Felony Trespass Bill, which recently passed the Wisconsin state legislature. The bill is designed to silence opposition to pipelines within the state by
November 19, 2019

Defending Rights & Dissent Is Excited to Welcome New Board Members

Defending Rights & Dissent has some exciting news. On November 10, 2019, Azadeh Shahshahani and Patrick Edington joined our board of directors. Both Azadeh and Patrick are leaders in their field and deeply committed to defending civil liberties. We could not be more excited about them joining DRAD.
November 4, 2019
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New Revelations About FBI Spying Renew Concern With Assessments

The investigatory powers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are regulated not by any Congressional charter, but by guidelines promulgated by the attorney general. Thanks to George W. Bush’s lameduck Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who was the last attorney general to revise the guidelines, the FBI’s standard for opening an investigation is shockingly lax. The lax nature of current FBI investigatory powers are in the news again.
October 31, 2019

Anti-Protest Bills Threaten First Amendment Rights in Wisconsin and Ohio

The extractive industry is afraid. Concern about climate chaos, and opposition to their pipelines and fracking is growing. Rather than address concerns about the environment, they want to make their critics shut up. So they lobby legislators to pass bills silence the opposition.
October 31, 2019
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Report on FBI Spying Garners Praise, Renews Concerns About Political Surveillance

Last week, Defending Rights & Dissent released the groundbreaking report Still Spying on Dissent: The Enduring Problem of FBI First Amendment Abuse. The report has received widespread praise and has once again raised the issue of FBI spying.