The First Amendment Right to Dissent with Kevin Gosztola and Tarak Kauff

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We explore restrictions on the rights of people to assemble and express dissent in the United States. The First Amendment gives us the right to peaceably assemble and redress our government for our grievances. Instead of protecting that right, the government, local police and private companies are acting to prevent and stop actions of dissent. The First Amendment also gives the right to freedom of the press, but today’s press are mouthpieces for the corporate state. What is being done to preserve our rights? We speak with Kevin Gosztola who has been covering this issue for FireDogLake as the Dissenter,  and Tarak Kauff, a veteran arrested at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial last Oct for protesting the war in Afghanistan.

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Relevant articles and websites:

The State of Dissent in America: Flex Your Rights by Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

Snowden Becomes Eighth Person to Be Charged with Violating the Espionage Act Under Obama by Kevin Gosztola

Obama’s ‘Insider Threat’ Program: Discourages Whistleblowing, Treats Leaking as Aiding the Enemy by Kevin Gosztola

Why I am on Hunger Strike in Solidarity with Guantanamo Prisoners by Tarak Kauff

The Dissenter

Stop These Wars

Close Gitmo



kevin gosztolaKevin Gosztola – is a writer for, who regularly covers WikiLeaks, whistleblowing, secrecy and various issues created by the national security state of America. He has been regularly traveling to Fort Meade to cover the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning and co-authored Truth and Consequences: The US vs. Bradley Manning with The Nation‘s Greg Mitchell.




tkTarak Kauff – has been active in anti-war, peace and justice activities since being discharged from the U.S. Army paratroopers in 1962 after 3 and 1/2 years of stateside duty. He organizes with the Veterans For Peace Direct Action Group and  started the Veterans Peace Team. He was one of the founders, along with Kim Carlyle of War Crimes Timesthe hard copy and online Veterans For Peace newspaper. A member of the Veterans For Peace Board of Directors, he is also one of the original members of Middle East Crisis Response. He lives in Woodstock, NY. Tarak is on hunger strike in solidarity with the prisoners in Guantanamo, has been involved in environmental protests, and is a key contributor  to