A group of 68 journalists sent a letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday demanding that the Biden administration reopen large White House events to all journalists and questioning President Biden’s commitment to defending the First Amendment.
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday paused a new and controversial board’s work on disinformation and accepted the resignation of its leader, capping weeks of concerns about impinging on free speech rights and frenzied conspiracy theories about the board itself.
Biden and his officials “coerced, threatened, and pressured social-media platforms to censor disfavored speakers and viewpoints by using threats of adverse government action,” and are “now directly colluding with social-media platforms to censor disfavored speakers and viewpoints,” the AGs argue. Doing so violates the First Amendment, the Administrative Procedure Act, and exceeds statutory authority, the AGs argue. DHS creating a disinformation board also violates federal statutes, the complaint, filed Thursday, alleges.
“In direct contravention to the First Amendment and freedom of speech, the Biden Administration has been engaged in a pernicious campaign to both pressure social media giants to censor and suppress speech and work directly with those platforms to achieve that censorship in a misguided and Orwellian campaign against ‘misinformation,’” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said.
The Supreme Court on Friday sided with the Biden administration in a battle over COVID-19 vaccine requirements for a group of Navy SEALs and other special forces who sought a religious exemption.
Nearly three dozen Naval personnel, including 26 members of the elite Navy SEALs, asserted the Navy’s vaccine requirements violated the First Amendment’s guarantee that people may practice religion without government interference.
Fourteen Republican attorneys general have filed a lawsuit against several agencies and top-ranking members in the Biden administration, including President Joe Biden, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, in an effort to root out potential collusion.
The lawsuit is over the Biden administration’s failure to comply with their FOIA request for communications related to what led the Department of Justice (DOJ) to initiate federal surveillance against parents for expressing their grievances about their child’s education at school board meetings and in other places.