ACLU warns of ‘precedent’ set by DOJ attack on Project Veritas: ‘serious consequences’


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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Sunday warned against potential consequences Department of JusticeRecent attacks on the founders of Project Veritas James O’KeefeThe residence of his and his companions.

“Project Veritas is involved in degrading fraud, and reasonable viewers do not regard their activities as journalism,” the ACLU said. Statement. “However, precedent in this case could have serious implications for press freedom.

Politician James O’Keefe poses for a photo on December 9, 2018, in Manhattan, New York LOVEBYLIFE / Andrew Kelly

“If the government does not have good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees are directly involved in the criminal theft of the dairy, it should not subject them to aggressive searches and seizures,” the ACLU continues.

“We urge the court to appoint a special master to ensure that law enforcement officers only review legally seized items and are directly related to a legitimate criminal investigation,” the agency added.

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The FBI reportedly attacked O’Keeffe and his associates following the alleged diary of Ashley Biden, who ended up in the hands of Project Veritas last fall, though the agency decided against publishing it and transferred it to law enforcement.

President Joe Biden, the first woman in his family to be sworn in, was sworn in during his inauguration on the west front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021.  Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley hugged

President Joe Biden, the first woman in his family to be sworn in, was sworn in during his inauguration on the west front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. Jill Biden, son Hunter Biden and daughter Ashley hugged
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On Thursday, District Court Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York ordered the DOJ to stop extracting information from O’Keeffe’s phones seized from the FBI. The judge also awarded O’Keefe’s request to appoint an independent “special master” from his legal team to oversee the inspection of his equipment.

The ACLU’s statement echoed the objections raised by First Amendment experts who recently spoke with Politico.

Politico cited Jane Kirtley, a law professor at the University of Minnesota who was a former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, who described the attacks as “beyond belief.”

“I’m not a big fan of Project Veritas, but it’s just over. I think they get serious reprimand from the court because I think it’s wrong,” Kirtley said.

Ashley Biden, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden, speaks via video feed on the 4th and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as participants from across the country host video links from the originally planned site of the convention in Milwaukee.  , Wisconsin, US August 20, 2020. REUTERS by 2020 Democratic National Convention / Pool

Ashley Biden, daughter of Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden, speaks via video feed on the 4th and final night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as participants from across the country host video links from the originally planned site of the convention in Milwaukee. , Wisconsin, US August 20, 2020. LOVEBYLIFE by 2020 Democratic National Convention / Pool

Speaking to LBL host Sean Hannity about last week’s attacks, O’Keefe said, “I heard ‘process is punishment’. I didn’t really understand what it meant until this weekend.

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