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Step 1: Enact USA FREEDOM ACT

Defending Dissent Foundation joined with over 40 tech companies and civil liberties organizations urging Congress and the Obama Administration to end FBI and NSA bulk collection of our personal data.

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“Pretrial Punishment” Leads to Plea Deal in Barrett Brown Case

April 8th, 2014

Activist-journalist Barrett Brown, who has spent over 15 months in jail fighting federal charges related to the 2011 hacking of Stratfor, reportedly agreed to a plea deal last week.

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UPDATE ON DRAGNET USA a.k.a. NSA Reform

April 7th, 2014

Among the flood of NSA reform bills that were dropped as a result of the Snowden revelations, the USA Freedom Act (H.R. 3361) is one that has significant backing on the Hill and in the civil liberties community. it has gained 142 sponsors in the House and 21 in the Senate. However, the bill and its provisions to restore some semblance of Fourth Amendment rights are in troubled waters.

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Misplaced Trust

April 7th, 2014

A federal judge, who apparently has not read a newspaper in the last ten years, has dismissed a lawsuit challenging extrajudicial killings. Her ruling tells us we should just trust the government on this one.

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Manning Files Appeal

April 6th, 2014

Last week, Chelesa Manning’s trial attorney, David Coombs, filed an appeal with Major General Buchanan, urging him to use his his power to disapprove the improper findings of guilt and to reduce Manning’s unjust sentence. Coombs had previously filed a pardon request with President Obama as well as a clemency request with the Secretary of the Army. Both actions were not acted upon.

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Fractivist Grandma Gives ‘Em Hell & Gets It

April 4th, 2014

Anti-fracking activist Vera Scroggins has raised hell in her effort to raise awareness of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation and the impact of their drilling operations in Pennsylvania. A court order banning her from 40% of the county she lives in loosened its restrictions….

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Archbishop Tutu Statement On US Efforts to Curb Freedom of Speech

April 2nd, 2014

I am writing today to express grave concern about a wave of legislative measures in the United States aimed at punishing and intimidating those who speak their conscience and challenge the human rights violations endured by the Palestinian people. In legislatures in Maryland, New York, Illinois, Florida, and even the United States Congress, bills have been proposed that would either bar funding to academic associations or seek to malign those who have taken a stand against the Israeli Occupation of Palestine.

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A Contrite President Asks for Forgiveness, Pledges to End All Unconstitutional Spying

April 1st, 2014

A contrite President Obama stood before the nation today to apologize to the American people for expanding and legitimizing the Bush Administration’s unconstitutional spying on innocent Americans and others.

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The Elephant in the Room: The FBI

March 27th, 2014

Commissions, oversight boards, and review groups are all the rage these days. Recent weeks have seen hundreds of pages of reports evaluating American intelligence agencies, and there’s a promise ofmore to come. These reports have recommended dozens of modifications affecting all three branches of government. But there’s an integral part of the surveillance state that has thus far largely escaped the current scrutiny: the FBI.

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