Latest FBI Political Spying Scandal Has Disturbing Echoes With 1960s War on Anti-War, Black Power Protests

By Chip Gibbons: Defending Rights & Dissent
So long as protests are treated as national security and intelligence matters, national security and intelligence tools will be used to endanger political expression.

For Whistleblowers, Motives Matter

By Lisa Ling, Sarah Cords: The Progressive

Whistleblowers like Reality Winner and Daniel Hale acted on principle; the same can’t be said for alleged Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira.

Tlaib Leads Letter to DOJ to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange; Defends Freedom of Press

DETROIT — Today, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-12) led Congressmembers Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Cori Bush (MO-01), Greg Casar (TX-35), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-05) and Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland calling on the Department of Justice to uphold the First Amendment’s protections for the freedom of the press by dropping the Trump-era charges against Australian publisher Julian Assange and withdrawing the American extradition request currently pending with the British government.

Announcing “Daniel Ellsberg Week” — for Education and Action to Honor Peacemaking and Whistleblowing

By RootsAction

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg helped to end the Vietnam War when he bravely provided the Pentagon Papers to media outlets in 1971. Ever since then, he has been a tireless and inspiring advocate for peace and prevention of nuclear war.

The Big Tech Surveillance Wall Being Built Under the Radar

By Todd Miller : Institute for Public Accuracy

Miller writes at The Border Chronicle and just wrote the piece “Autonomous Surveillance Towers Are Creeping Up the California Coast.”

Congressional Effort to End Assange Prosecution Underway

By Ryan Grim : The Intercept

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is collecting signatures on a letter calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to end the extradition drive against WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.

Whistleblowers losing faith in media impact

By Erica Techo — UGA Today

Study shows that as newsrooms shrink, so does the trust of some former sources

The whistleblowers who once trusted journalism are losing faith in the institution.

Carey Shenkman on the Espionage Act

By Sharon Kyle: LA Progressive

Carey Shenkman and Ralph Engelman took what many might consider and a dry topic and made it accessible to all.

The Supreme Court sleeps on defending boycotts and the right to political expression

Published by Cody Bloomfield: Defending Rights & Dissent

In an absurd ruling, the Eighth Circuit denied that boycotts are political expression. Now, the Supreme Court has denied writ of certiorari, letting the Eighth Circuit’s ruling in Arkansas Times LP v. Waldrip stand. This is a missed opportunity for the Supreme Court to take a stand for the proud tradition of political boycott in the United States.

The FBI, Anti-Globalization Protests, and FOIA Deception

Published by Chip Gibbons: Defending Rights & Dissent

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, international financial summits, like the IMF and the World Bank, attracted masses of protesters. In many cases, protesters engaged in civil disobedience. They were also met with brutal repression by police that included physical violence and illegal arrests. The media helped peddle police narratives that painted them as violent rioters engaged in senseless destruction for destruction’s sake. The reality is that protesters were victims of police riots.