ACLU sides with Project Veritas on FBI raid, says Biden admin threatens free speech

Many on the right were shocked this month after the FBI raided the homes of a number of people affiliated with watchdog group Project Veritas. However, conservatives aren’t the only ones expressing concern.

As Fox News reported, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement Sunday accusing the Biden administration of threatening First Amendment rights to free speech.

“Project Veritas has engaged in disgraceful deceptions, and reasonable observers might not consider their activities to be journalism at all,” the statement said.

It added: “Nevertheless, the precedent set in this case could have serious consequences for press freedom,” the left-leaning organization declared.

“Invasive searches and seizures”

“Unless the government had good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees were directly involved in the criminal theft of the diary, it should not have subjected them to invasive searches and seizures,” the ACLU continued in their bombshell statement of support.

The organization added: “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.”

Nor was the ACLU alone in expressing discomfort, as Fox News cited a report from Politico that quoted University of Minnesota law professor Jane Kirtley expressing her concerns as well.

Kirtley, a former executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, characterized the FBI’s actions as being “just beyond belief.”

“I’m not a big fan of Project Veritas, but this is just over the top. I hope they get a serious reprimand from the court because I think this is just wrong,” Kirtley stated.

Raids for a diary

According to its website, Project Veritas is “a non-profit journalism enterprise” that “investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct.”

Fox News reported on Nov. 6 that FBI agents raided the home of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, along with a number of his associates, in connection with a diary alleged to belong to Ashley Biden, the daughter of the current president. Fox revealed last Friday that a federal judge ordered authorities to stop extracting data from devices that had been seized.

“The First Amendment won a temporary victory today, but Project Veritas has a long way to go to hold the DOJ and FBI accountable for their actions,” O’Keefe’s attorney told Fox News.

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