Department of Health and Human Services is Sued After Not Addressing FOIA Request Over Censorship Allegations
At the end of January, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for all correspondence between the Surgeon General’s office and social media platforms about Wuhan virus vaccines.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after HHS’s refusal to adequately answer a FOIA request that was initially filed in March 2022.
The request concerned the following: “All records, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, texts, memoranda, and handwritten notes, of, regarding, referring, or relating to any efforts of Alexandria Phillips, Communications Director, Office of the Surgeon General, to contact any employee of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Pinterest concerning COVID-19 vaccines.”
On prior occasions, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has pushed for the censorship of Wuhan virus misinformation. In 2021, he published a report entitled“Confronting Health Misinformation.” This report’s goal was to “slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”
In Murthy’s report, he called on platforms to censor vaccine misinformation and other misinformation connected to the Wuhan virus pandemic.
In March 2022, Murthy called on social media platforms to provide information about accounts allegedly disseminating Wuhan virus misinformation.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton declared, “Biden’s Surgeon General is abusing his office to pressure Big Tech companies to censor Americans. This lawsuit aims to uncover the details of this government attack on the First Amendment.”
All levels of the US federal government have no desire to work for the interests of the American people. In fact, they’re actively hostile towards Americans. The Right must get serious about reining in, if not abolishing altogether, these institutions. They’re unconstitutional and do much more harm than good.
Though filing lawsuits is a good start in making these institutions sweat.