HUGE Free Speech Attack - We're Fighting Back

Jan 30, 2024

It's no secret that politicized Washington bureaucrats have routinely worked with social media giants to censor, silence, and shadow-ban conservative speech and dissenting points of view.

We especially saw this ahead of the 2020 election when Big Tech colluded with the government to censor Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop story, and after January 6, when Twitter kicked then-sitting President of the United States, Donald Trump, off the platform. During the past three years of the Biden administration, censorship of conservatives and opposing points of view has only been amplified.

In a free country, these Orwellian tactics to silence First Amendment freedom of speech cannot stand. Read on to see how we are fighting back against free speech suppression and are soon to file a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect this First Amendment right for Americans. — Mat


On Independence Day last year, Chief U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty BLOCKED the federal government and Biden administration from communicating with social media platforms after discovering the government was colluding with Big Tech to censor conservative viewpoints. The First Amendment should be protection enough to speak freely, but for the rogue Biden administration, we must take legal action to protect our speech.

Now that the Biden administration is appealing this ruling that ordered it to stop suppressing free speech online, Liberty Counsel is filing a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court to fight back and protect free speech for all Americans.

The 155-page ruling cites “substantial evidence” that the federal government engaged in large-scale censorship efforts targeting social media content that questioned or countered its “official” narratives.

Attorneys general from Louisiana and Missouri presented 1,432 facts that showed government bureaucracies “colluded” with social media companies in a “censorship-by-proxy” scheme to suppress and censor opposition.

“Conservative-leaning free speech,” such as opposition to COVID shots, masking and lockdowns, questioning the 2020 election, and negative posts about Biden, his policies, and the economy, was suppressed. Statements regarding the COVID “lab leak” theory and the validity of the Hunter Biden laptop story were also suppressed.

Jen Psaki, former White House press secretary, publicly threatened Facebook and other platforms with legal consequences if they didn’t “censor misinformation more aggressively.”

During the pandemic, “a period perhaps best characterized by widespread doubt and uncertainty, the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth,’” Doughty wrote.

The Departments of Justice, State, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FBI, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) pressured social media companies to censor content protected by the First Amendment.

In the name of combatting “misinformation” and “disinformation” and promoting “public health,” the Biden administration routinely stripped freedom-loving Americans of their constitutional right to free speech.

After reading the findings of the disturbing pattern of censorship, one would assume this is an Orwellian dystopian novel. Unfortunately, this is the reality for conservatives living under a weaponized bureaucratic state. Sadly, this government-coordinated censorship occurred in America.

The Biden administration and government agencies intentionally and knowingly deceived the public by suppressing information. They must be held accountable for this unconstitutional and dangerous action.

Many Americans are waking up to the reality of government collusion with Big Tech to censor conservative viewpoints. Now that self-proclaimed "free speech absolutist” Elon Musk has taken control of X (formerly Twitter), conservative accounts that were once kicked off the platform, such as the conservative satire outlet The Babylon Bee, have been restored.

When the explosive “Twitter Files” were released under Musk’s direction, this pulled back the curtain even further and exposed the dark underbelly of federal government collusion with Big Tech.

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee's Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, led by Chairman Jim Jordan, is also taking action to expose the government’s censorship and hold the powers that be accountable.

According to a November 2023 report released by the Select Subcommittee, the government worked with the so-called Election Integrity Partnership (EIP) and Big Tech to combat “disinformation” online, censoring jokes and satire, political opinions, and true information.

The federal government used its power to silence opposition and engaged in unprecedented censorship, not unlike the government propaganda machine of Nazi Germany. But we are Americans and cannot be silenced, thanks to our constitutional RIGHT to free speech.

The First Amendment prohibits the government from “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” among other things.

We must erect a wall of separation between the media and the state, and we are confident we will succeed in doing so because of the merits and constitutional backing of the case.

That’s why Liberty Counsel is filing a brief in the case against the Biden administration at the U.S. Supreme Court to fight government censorship. This is the United States of America, not North Korea. When the government is infringing on our constitutional liberties, we push back and WIN.

The many unconstitutional actions of the Biden administration have kept our attorneys working overtime. Thankfully, a generous benefactor has established a brand-new Challenge Grant to support our groundbreaking legal work. Every donation made today will be DOUBLED in impact by the “Win More in 2024” Challenge Grant. Be a part of the victory!

Thank you for standing with us for liberty over tyranny!

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

 

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Sources:

“Court Blocks Government Censorship of Social Media.” Liberty Counsel, July 5, 2023. LC.org/newsroom/details/070623-court-blocks-government-censorship-of-social-media.

“Judge Links Evidence to Potentially ‘Millions of Free Speech Violations.’” Liberty Counsel, July 6, 2023. LC.org/newsroom/details/070623-judge-links-evidence-to-potentially-millions-of-free-speech-violations.

“New Report Details How the Federal Government Partnered with Universities to Censor Americans’ Speech.” House Judiciary Committee Republicans, November 8, 2023. Judiciary.house.gov/media/press-releases/new-report-details-how-federal-government-partnered-universities-censor.

“The Government’s Censorship Enterprise Targeted Conservative Speech.” Liberty Counsel, July 7, 2023. LC.org/newsroom/details/070723-the-governments-censorship-enterprise-targeted-conservative-speech.

“The Weaponization of ‘Disinformation’ Pseudo-Experts and Bureaucrats: How the Federal Government Partnered With Universities to Censor Americans’ Political Speech.” Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. U.S. House of Representatives. November 7, 2023. Judiciary.house.gov/sites/evo-subsites/republicans-judiciary.house.gov/files/evo-media-document/EIP_Jira-Ticket-Staff-Report-11-7-23-Clean.pdf

Wulfsohn, Joseph A. “What Elon Musk's Twitter Files have uncovered about the tech giant so far.” Fox News, January 22, 2023. Foxnews.com/media/what-elon-musks-twitter-files-uncovered-about-tech-giant.

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