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I’ve been blogging at FDL’s The Dissenter for just over a month now, covering issues ranging from government secrecy, the right to dissent, torture, location tracking and drones.

It has been a pleasure to be able to write and publish to a website that takes civil liberties and digital freedom seriously. It has been a privilege to write and publish to a site that allows and encourages writing that focuses on what is at stake if certain liberties and freedoms are lost.

And it’s gratifying that FDL doesn’t simply ask for coverage to go through some filter that requires attention to so-called national security interests or giving power benefit of the doubt.

What also makes FDL great is how the community is not afraid to continue to explore and uncover the ways President Barack Obama’s administration is like former President George W. Bush’s administration when it comes to civil liberties. The community is willing to face the unsettling reality that on these issues Obama is similar to Bush.  The community is willing to confront the fact the Obama administration gets away with programs, policies and positions on civil liberties issues that the Bush Administration might never have gotten away with holding or implementing.

It’s the willingness of the community to dig into news stories, read analysis of unsettling developments in American society and government and discuss openly what is happening that makes FDL such a valuable website. Because our readers do not require pandering to electoral or identity politics, writing and publishing to FDL becomes a rich experience. That experience gives me the energy and spirit to push the community to consider not only perspectives to issues that are often overlooked but also much-needed actions and solutions that must be taken to defend liberty and freedom.  Without that, we cannot defend our human rights and maintain dignity as we work toward building a humane, sustainable, equitable and democratic society.

FDL is a nearly 100% donor supported organization. Members make it possible for FDL to continue to feature great writers and posts on the latest news. Members are why FDL’s new blog, The Dissenter, can inform and cultivate an audience that will grow to appreciate the valuable perspectives the blog contributes to the FDL community on key civil liberties and digital freedom issues.

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If FDL offers you the kind of independent reporting, analysis, activism and vibrant spirit you think the blogoshpere  needs, becoming a member is a great way to ensure  the main writers continue to blog and publish daily, while sustaining a space where our community can come together to discuss and act on the most pressing issues of the day.

Becoming a member makes independent reporting and activism at FDL possible. It also gives FDL the ability to expand its news coverage and engage and participate in more activism projects.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."