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FBI May Have Violated First Amendment with Twitter Censorship. Will the FBI Investigate?

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For years now, Leftists have waved away freedom of speech concerns over Big Tech’s censorship of voices that dissent from the Left’s agenda. Twitter, Facebook, Google and the rest are all private companies, you see, and so they can set any speech policies they want. Now that Elon Musk has bought Twitter, that argument has been consigned to the dustbin of history, as it might suggest that Musk is free to restore the freedom of speech on his platform. But evidence is piling up that the FBI was actively involved in getting pre-Musk Twitter to censor patriots, and it may be that the bureau really did violate the First Amendment in nudging Twitter to deep-six voices it disliked. Now the question is: who can investigate the FBI? Will the FBI investigate itself?

This is not, after all, by any means the first questionable activity of the formerly sterling and unimpeachable feds. It’s a steep descent from putting Al Capone behind bars and busting up the Mafia to participating in the frame-up of a sitting president and investigating angry parents at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists,” but that’s the ugly legacy of Merrick Garland’s FBI. In light of that, it’s no real surprise that, as Fox News reported Wednesday, “the FBI may have may have violated the First Amendment by asking Twitter to moderate certain speech, as revealed in a recent ‘Twitter Files’ release, constitutional experts tell Fox News Digital.”

Fox notes that “a Twitter Files installment released by Substack journalist Matt Taibbi last week revealed Twitter’s former head of safety, Yoel Roth, apparently attended weekly meetings with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence about moderating misinformation ahead of the 2020 election.” That’s the same Department of Homeland Security that set up a Disinformation Governance Board to restrict speech even further until it was forced to retreat and deep-six the Board over First Amendment concerns.

It should be remembered that the freedom of speech is enshrined in the Constitution in the first place in order to prevent any individual or group from getting precisely the kind of control over the public discourse that the Biden administration is repeatedly trying to attain. If one group can control the parameters of the public discourse or place itself beyond criticism or scrutiny, it has a free hand to establish a tyranny, and no one can utter even the smallest murmur of protest. All the administration’s faux-high-minded concern about “misinformation” and “disinformation” is based wholly and solely upon its decision to try to sell the banning of dissenting voices to the American people under the banner of protecting them from those scourges.

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