ACLU Comes to the Defense of Project Veritas, Condemns FBI Raid at James O’Keefe’s Home

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and the American Civil Liberties Union are on very different ends of the political spectrum.

But after three residences tied to Project Veritas were searched by federal authorities, the ACLU said the action was a threat to all journalists, even those the ACLU does not like.

“Project Veritas has engaged in disgraceful deceptions, and reasonable observers might not consider their activities to be journalism at all. Nevertheless, the precedent set in this case could have serious consequences for press freedom,” said Brian Hauss, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, in a statement on the ACLU’s website.

“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,” Hauss said.

“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,” he concluded. – READ MORE

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