Conservatives are under assault by their own government.
One man had the audacity to publish embarrassing information about the liberal media.
And now, the FBI is coming after him and trying to ruin his life.
James O’Keefe is the head of Project Veritas, an organization that publishes secret recordings that expose liberal journalists for the hacks that they truly are.
He is, by every reasonable definition, a journalist. He publishes information that is given to him by others, which is in the public’s interest to know.
The Left hates him, however, and wants his life ruined. That’s why the FBI has taken up a new crusade to hunt down O’Keefe and put him behind bars.
The alleged “reasoning” behind this witch-hunt is a diary that was stolen from Ashley Biden, the daughter of President Biden.
O’Keefe did not steal the diary. The diary was in fact given to him, and he made the editorial decision not to publish it once he found out it was stolen.
But that was all the pretext the FBI needed to hunt down one of the Left’s biggest enemies and attempt to make him a criminal.
Jonathan Turley, one of the foremost legal experts in the United States, is extremely concerned about what the FBI is doing to O’Keefe.
Turley wrote in The Hill, “I am more concerned that for over a year, the FBI has been conducting raids, issuing subpoenas, and questioning witnesses across the country – not in response to smash-and-grabs proliferating around the country, but for one woman’s missing diary. The investigation led to a rare raid on the home of a publisher (O’Keefe), seizure of computers and cell phones, and the targeting of conservative figures. According to the New York Times, the investigation is looking into ‘whether there was a criminal conspiracy among a handful of individuals to steal and publish the diary.’”
Of course, one of the key components of journalism is publishing documents which may be secret but are in the public interest.
Mainstream outlets do this all the time, as well they should. Turley details this in his op-Ed.
“Publications like the New York Times regularly run material unlawfully removed by whistleblowers or sources. Indeed, in 2019, a federal court dismissed a case against the Trump campaign over the use of material from hacked emails. In an 81-page opinion, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl noted ‘even if the documents had been provided directly to the Campaign [and] the Campaign defendants … they could have published the documents themselves without liability because they did not participate in the theft and the documents are of public concern.”
It is a key principle of journalism that anything that is in the public interest should be published.
But the FBI does not believe in the First Amendment or freedom of the press. And they are out to destroy it.
The FBI is a rogue agency that should have its power stripped away, before it reaches its ultimate goal of making America a tyrannical authoritarian regime.