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ACLU Denounces Government’s ‘Invasive Searches and Seizures’ of Project Veritas 

The FBI raided several properties affiliated with O'Keefe and Project Veritas

The American Civil Liberties Union spoke out against the Federal Bureau of Investigation after it raided properties associated with Project Veritas and its founder, James O’Keefe.

Brian Hauss, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, released a statement denouncing the government’s actions.

The precedent set in this case could have serious consequences for press freedom,” Hauss said. “Unless the government had good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees were directly involved in the criminal theft … it should not have subjected them to invasive searches and seizures. We urge the court to appoint a special master to ensure that law enforcement officers review only those materials that were lawfully seized and that are directly relevant to a legitimate criminal investigation.”

The statement was not a positive review of the organization, which is known for its investigative journalism. Hauss said Project Veritas has been involved in “disgraceful deceptions” and added that “reasonable observers might not consider their activities to be journalism at all.”

The raids are part of the FBI’s investigation into President Joe Biden’s daughter Ashley’s stolen diary.

A copy of the diary was published in October by National File, who said a whistleblower identified the diary as that of the 39-year-old first daughter. Reporter Patrick Howley, who previously exposed a yearbook photo of former Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in blackface, broke the story.

Tipsters gave Project Vertias the diary a year earlier, but the organization was unable to independently verify its authenticity. Project Veritas then turned the diary over to law enforcement.

Shortly after the apartments and homes of the organization’s reporters were raided on Nov. 4, the organization was contacted by The New York Times for comment.

O’Keefe released the following statement:

“We do not know how the New York Times was aware of the execution of a search warrant at our reporter’s home or the subject matter of the search warrant as a grand jury investigation is secret,”  “The FBI took materials of current, former Project Veritas journalists despite the fact that our legal team previously contacted the Department of Justice and voluntarily conveyed unassailable facts that demonstrate Project Veritas’ lack of involvement in criminal activity, and or criminal intent. I’ve heard ‘the process is the punishment.’ I didn’t really understand what that meant until this weekend. I wouldn’t wish this on any journalist. If they can do this to me, if they can do it to any journalist.”

“The Times has its own longstanding feud with Project Veritas, after the conservative group published a series of undercover tapes of Times employees in 2017,” notes The Daily Mail.

President Biden has previously said he would not tolerate the Justice Department seizing a journalist’s records.

“It’s simply, simply wrong,” he told Kaitlan Collins of CNN in May. “I will not let that happen.”

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7 responses to “ACLU Denounces Government’s ‘Invasive Searches and Seizures’ of Project Veritas ”

  1. NoOne123 says:

    I find little worth in their denouncement. They’re partisan af and i wouldn’t be surprised if there was another angle to this.

  2. TroubleClef10 says:

    PANDUSA’s comment, not the article itself just FYI

  3. TroubleClef10 says:

    This has me rolling SO hard at work!

  4. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    We’ll see how long their indignation lasts. The ACLU has already shown they’re politically biased in the past.

  5. pandusa says:

    oops fairy tales…ok, so I play with lyrics and reply to myself…They make up/change definitions, play with words and a plethora of other things. At my age I have ceased to give a rat’s ass what people think. But, I do TRY to keep my sense of humor and be accurate in this new dystopia. Although, sometimes I do fear… that someday I may begin to laugh like Renfield in Dracula…and never stop.

  6. pandusa says:

    Headline: Tim Pool Departs the Fence : Project Veritas
    Cue the Monkeys ” I’m a Believer”
    I thought the Deep State was only true in fairy tails… Meant for someone else but not for me. Paranoia was out to get us…that’s the way it seemed…but doubt always haunted all my dreams…Then I saw this case…Now I’m a BELIEVER…Hardly a trace of doubt in my mind. Their CORRUPT…ewww CORRUPT. I’m a believer…FBI deceivers… tipped off the New York Times.(guitar riff) I am just teasing. You stay right there on that fence young man. We NEED people like you. A plane can’t fly straight with too much weight on one wing. So that we NEVER become the very thing WE claim to despise: authoritarian, corrupt , and vindictive… like them.

  7. flinx101 says:

    President Biden has previously said he would not tolerate the Justice Department seizing a journalist’s records.

    “It’s simply, simply wrong,” he told Kaitlan Collins of CNN in May. “I will not let that happen.” EDIT “To CNN.”