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ACLU ‘concerned’ about DOJ’s surveillance of Project Veritas, says it sets bad precedent

The American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the Department of Justice’s secret electronic surveillance of Project Veritas, saying the practice sets a bad precedent that “could have serious consequences for press freedom.”

The Department of Justice reportedly carried out secret electronic communications of Project Veritas during a federal investigation of the alleged theft of a diary belonging to the daughter of President Biden, Ashley Biden. The surveillance was carried out even after an order for a third party to review all devices and documents obtained by investigators.

The ACLU’s statement makes clear it does not condone Project Veritas or its work, but points out the troubling implications of this case if the issue of illegal surveillance is not addressed.

“We deplore Project Veritas’ deceptions, and we don’t have a full picture of the government’s investigation. But we’re concerned that the precedent set by this case could have serious consequences for press freedom,” reads the statement.

The statement continues, “We’re deeply troubled by reports that the Department of Justice obtained secret electronic surveillance orders requiring sweeping disclosure of ‘all content’ of communications associated with Project Veritas email accounts, including attorney-client communications.” 

The ACLU goes on to point out that the DOJ failed to disclose the surveillance, and demands the government “immediately suspend its review of the materials obtained pursuant to its electronic surveillance orders and fully disclose the extent of its actions, so that the court can consider appropriate relief.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: POLITICO

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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