The raids by Joe Biden’s FBI on the homes of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and several of his associates have captured the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The ACLU was founded to protect all Americans’ fundamental civil rights, including the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. While it historically fought for the rights of all First Amendment rights, it is widely believed that the organization has shunned all but the most leftist victims of government overreach.
The ACLU issued a somewhat surprising statement on Sunday defending the civil rights of Project Veritas. The report took the current leftist position, saying that Project Veritas has “engaged in disgraceful deceptions” and might not be engaged in “journalism” at all. However, the statement went on to warn that the government’s actions in the matter could imply “serious consequences” for a free American press.
According to the statement, the government should not have conducted the “invasive searches and seizures” unless there was a reasonable suspicion that the targets were involved in actual criminal activity. The raids were asked to investigate the alleged theft of Joe Biden’s daughter’s diary.
The ACLU asked the federal court to appoint a “special master” to ensure law enforcement does not review any legally seized materials and is “directly relevant” to legitimate law enforcement. A special master is an independent court appointee empowered to act on behalf of the court in enforcing orders of the court.
Project Veritas allegedly came into possession of the Ashley Biden diary last year. The group reportedly decided not to publish any material related to or coming from the journal. Project Veritas reportedly turned the log over to law enforcement officers.
Federal Judge Analisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an order on Thursday that told the Department of Justice to stop extracting information from phones seized from O’Keefe. She also granted O’Keefe’s motion for the appointment of a special master to watch over the review of information confiscated from any of his electronic devices.
Jane Kirtley, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, told Politico that the FBI raids are “just beyond belief.” She admitted that she is not a fan of Project Veritas but said the seizures are “just over the top.”