The following cartoon accurately portrays the absurdity and evil of the FBI raid on Project Veritas and James O’Keefe.
Even if the diary was “stolen”, it’s objective value (i.e., the actual price to buy the book) is less than $50. This is barely misdemeanor territory and certainly does not qualify as a Federal crime requiring the thuggery of the FBI.
Fortunately, some in the leftist media now recognize the danger if this is allowed to go unchallenged. This is a gross violation of the First Amendment and represents an existential threat to the freedom of the press. Some are starting to fight back. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, for example, released the following:
Today, @rcfp attorneys filed a motion to unseal the search warrant application, supporting affidavit, and other judicial documents related to the Nov. 6 search conducted by federal law enforcement at the home of James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas: https://bit.ly/3kEypVs
And Senator Tom Cotton has weighed in with a metaphorical club upside the head of Attorney General Garland Merrick via a letter demanding the following:
A. Please provide any case where federal prosecutors charged conspiracy to transport stolen goods and/or reciept of stolen goods with respect to a journalist recieving information from a source and describe how that comports with the First Amendment protections articulated in Bartnicki v. Vopper.
B. Please provide all cases where federal prosecutors charged NSPA where a personal effect such as a diary had been stolen in an isolated incident.
C. Please provide the search warrants for any cellphones collected from O’Keefe and his associates as well as the supporting applications
D. Please provide all federal prosecutions where prosecutors charged transportation of stolen property where a good had been abandoned by the complaining owner
E. The NSPA has a jurisdictional requirement that the property stolen have a value of $5,000 or more. Please provide the process in which you assessed Ashley Biden’s diary as having a fair market value of $5,000 or more.
Heavens! Even the morally bankrupt ACLU grudgingly weighed in with a backhanded admission that DOJ was treading in dangerous waters:
“Project Veritas has engaged in disgraceful deceptions, and reasonable observers might not consider their activities to be journalism at all. Nevertheless, the precedent set in this case could have serious consequences for press freedom. Unless the government had good reason to believe that Project Veritas employees were directly involved in the criminal theft of the diary, it should not have subjected them to invasive searches and seizures. We urge the court to appoint a special master to ensure that law enforcement officers review only those materials that were lawfully seized and that are directly relevant to a legitimate criminal investigation.””
Russiagate is dead. Long live Niecegate!
Oooh, a strongly worded letter! That’ll stop’em. Maybe the senator could get a member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against the AG. Surely Margorie Taylor Green isn’t the only Republican in the house with balls. Maybe Vern Buchanan could do something useful for once, or has Frank Luntz’s roommate told him not to?
Even being a major League swamp rat, Mitch McConnell is owed a debt of gratitude for keeping this leftwing dimwit, Garland, off the Supreme Court.
Maybe I missed something but I’m not aware of any previous reporting claiming Ashley Biden’s diary was stolen. Didn’t Project Veritas receive a copy of it last fall, before the election? SO, wouldn’t this have been a big news story, especially since it could’ve been used — even without any evidence (as is common these days) — to besmirch conservatives and PV prior to the presidential election?
That it wasn’t reported stolen last fall makes me suspect even more the diary is indeed authentic, and because of its salacious entries that incriminate Joe Biden as either (at best) engaging in some kinky behavior – showering with his little girl – and (at worst) possibly abusing his young daughter (who mentions in the diary inappropriate touching in the shower, plus having been sexually abused as a child, AND who grew up to become a drug and sex addict), the matter of it having been stolen was hushed up.
OR, is it only now being claimed to be stolen because an obscure blog/website published some of the juicy bits? Could the sex and drug addicted Ashley Biden have been careless with it and that’s how it fell into others’ hands?
They couldn’t verify any of it and turned is over to the police. It could not possibly have been a plant like the Clinton(steele) dossier. No way.
I doubt the Organs of Security Security raid on Project Veritas was rooted in the Biden diary. More likely PV got too close to Pzifer falsifying shot test results. PV had a whistleblower; that person had to be identified and silenced. Also the NYT likely wants PV shut down to stifle current ligitigation.
The diary is merely a distraction and redirection. I doubt the apparatchiks give a toss about the Biden family, they are disposable.
They are not the power center; Team Obama is.
Check out Pzifers political donations, they explain a great deal..