Just the News reports that the law firm America First Legal has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that private parties conspired with the government to target millions of Americans for pervasive censorship and surveillance.
In its introductory statement, the lawsuit asserts that the so-called “Election Integrity Partnership” and “Virality Project” constitute “probably the largest mass-surveillance and mass-censorship program in American history.” The Election Integrity Partnership and Virality Project collaborated “closely with state and federal government officials,” per the lawsuit. The defendants are monitoring and censoring social media platforms under their pressure, directives, and coercion.
The complaint was filed predominantly on behalf of Jill Hines, co-director of the consumer and human rights nonprofit Health Freedom Louisiana, and Jim Hoft, founder and chief editor of the news website The Gateway Pundit. According to the lawsuit, both parties have been subjected to “extensive censorship” and continue to be subjected to it. In the case of Mr. Hoft, the Election Integrity Partnership reports specifically identified him for censorship.
“Today, America First Legal is striking at the heart of the censorship-industrial complex for our clients. We are filing a landmark class action lawsuit against the organizers and architects of an elaborate conspiracy to surveil and censor Americans to stop them from exercising their fundamental right to free speech. To silence, banish, and deprive them of the means to earn a living,” America First Legal President Stephen Miller boasted in a statement about the lawsuit.
The head of the AFL explained, “These nonprofit ‘disinformation’ organizations and the other defendants allegedly conspired with the government to deny Americans their inalienable rights, flagging content and creators for government entities so that those entities, in turn, would pressure platforms to remove that content or those creators.” “They created a regime of surveillance, censorship, and control fit for communist China.”
“Under the Orwellian guise of policing ‘mis’ and ‘disinformation,’ the organizations and entities we are suing today are responsible for radically eroding the rights and liberties upon which the survival of free society depends. We will fight to hold them liable in a court of law and seek full and complete justice for their victims,” Miller concluded, adding, “America First Legal will continue to lead the charge to rescue America from tyranny.”
Stephen Miller added on Twitter, “America First Legal identified the key actors in a sophisticated conspiracy to surveil & censor Americans’ speech, including grave interference in the ‘20 election & extensive collaboration w/the Deep State. We filed a landmark class action suit.”
BREAKING: America First Legal identified the key actors in a sophisticated conspiracy to surveil & censor Americans’ speech, including grave interference in the ‘20 election & extensive collaboration w/the Deep State. We filed a landmark class action suit: https://t.co/bn4DDTifOb https://t.co/97RO7Hmi1C
— Stephen Miller (@StephenM) May 3, 2023