New ‘disinformation’ board paused amid free speech questions

Associated Press

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.

Source: https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-national-security-83c67505703c02b0de154b21abd5c569

AGs sue Biden administration over claims it colluded with social media giants to censor speech

The Center Square

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.

Source: https://www.thecentersquare.com/national/ags-sue-biden-administration-over-claims-it-colluded-with-social-media-giants-to-censor-speech/article_59db14ec-cd72-11ec-8f27-736909a8c7f4.html

Biden admin sued by 14 state AG’s over investigations into protesting parents

The National Desk

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.

Source: https://katv.com/news/nation-world/biden-admin-sued-by-14-state-ags-over-investigations-into-protesting-parents

U.K. court rules Julian Assange can be extradited to U.S.

The New York Times

The ruling was a victory, at least for now, for the Biden administration, which has pursued an effort to prosecute Mr. Assange begun under the Trump administration. Mr. Assange will seek to appeal the decision to Britain’s Supreme Court, according to his legal team.

The Justice Department’s decision to charge Mr. Assange under the Espionage Act in connection with obtaining and publishing secret government documents has raised novel First Amendment issues and alarmed advocates of media freedom. But because he has been fighting extradition, those questions have not been litigated and his transfer to the United States could set off a momentous constitutional battle.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/10/world/europe/uk-julian-assange-extradition.html

Ex-defense secretary sues over withheld material from Trump era memoir

The Guardian

Esper, 57, a West Point graduate and Gulf war veteran, said in a statement that he had waited for six months for the review process to play out but found “my unclassified manuscript arbitrarily redacted without clearly being told why”.

“I am more than disappointed the current administration is infringing on my first amendment constitutional rights. And it is with regret that legal recourse is the only path now available for me to tell my full story to the American people,” he said.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/nov/29/ex-defense-secretary-sues-over-withheld-material-from-trump-era-memoir-mark-esper