Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit Against DHS for Records on Alleged Censorship of Americans

On November 22, 2022, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for records on alleged coordination efforts to censor Americans during the 2020 presidential cycle. .
The conservative watchdog organization’s lawsuit was initiated after its failed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request into this alleged anti-free speech activity.

According to the Daily Caller, Judicial Watch was looking to find correspondence between the Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency (CISA), a DHS subdivision, and the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP).
Judicial Watch has called on the Washington D.C. District Court to instruct the DHS to recognize the Oct. 5 FOIA request and “produce… non-exempt records responsive to the requests,” according to the lawsuit.
“We’ve had these disclosures essentially over the last year that federal agencies, especially DHS, have been working to censor Americans… either directly or indirectly,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said to the Daily Caller.

By using the EIP, several groups, which includes CISA and the Democratic National Committee and the NAACP, could submit “tickets” that reported election misinformation. The EIP published report in 2021 highlighting its efforts to tackle misinformation in the 2020 election. In the report, the EIP revealed tha it had shared hundreds of posts with online platforms, with “35% of the URLs we shared with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube […] either labeled, removed, or soft blocked.”

“This lawsuit’s designed to get into that. There’s these federal frauds that colluded to come up with a system of censorship for social media, and it looks like this [Department of Homeland Security] agency participated in it and we want to figure out what was going on,” Fitton stated.

In addition, Judicial Watch requested records between CISA and the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public and the Stanford Internet Observatory. The request asked for communication regarding the 2020 election and “online misinformation and disinformation.”

Per the lawsuit, the DHS allegedly failed to comply with the November 3 FOIA deadline.
“When an agency unlawfully refuses to comply with FOIA, we have the option of suing the federal court, which is what we did,” Fitton said to the Daily Caller.

There’s an unholy alliance between Big Tech and Big Government. These institutions work hand-in-hand to destroy free speech in America. Due to America’s robust free speech protections against arbitrary governments’ actions, anti-free speech activists have outsourced their pro-censorship agenda to private companies in Big tech.

Governments obviously must face intense pushback from freedom advocates. Similarly, companies who assist the government in carrying out these dirty deeds must be punished as well.

A company’s private status does not exempt it from punishment for committing egregious violations of Americans’ foundational civil liberties. Institutions — private and public — who work against the interests of the Historic American Nation must be sanctioned for their treasonous acts. No questions asked.

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