NEW YORK – President Joe Biden’s totalitarian whiff quickly is devolving into a stench. Biden’s thuggishness has propelled the Centers for Disease Control’s incongruous edicts on federal rent policy and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates on private-sector workers.
Attorney General Merrick Garland last month unleashed the FBI on parents who dared to address local school boards. He instructed G-men and federal prosecutors to use the post-September 11 Patriot Act against concerned mothers and fathers, five days after the National School Boards Association complained in a September 29 letter to the White House that these moms and dads represented “a form of domestic terrorism.”
Despite withering GOP criticism about such incendiary language and a subsequent NSBA apology for that rhetoric, Garland has not withdrawn his instructions to his minions to target these parents.
The Biden regime’s march into Orwellian territory took another ominous step last week. The FBI slapped an early-morning search warrant on Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe, an intrepid and highly effective conservative leader and friend of mine.
Speaking November 8 on Fox News Channel’s Hannity, O’Keefe said that 10 battering-ram wielding FBI agents banged on his door before dawn on November 6. They put him in handcuffs, threw him against a wall, and rifled through his Mamaroneck, New York, apartment for more than two hours. They sought evidence related to the missing or stolen diary of Ashley Biden, the daughter of the President of the United States.
O’Keefe explained that a previously unknown and anonymous source offered Project Veritas a copy of the First Daughter’s personal journal. O’Keefe’s attorney, Paul Calli, Esq., reportedly told a federal court that the source acquired the diary after Ashley left it behind at a home in Delray Beach, Florida.
According to O’Keefe, he, his journalistic team, and their attorneys scrutinized the diary. They could corroborate neither its authenticity nor its contents. So, they did not run a story or otherwise publicize this document, its existence, or anything inside of it. Instead, they reported the entire situation to local cops.
If O’Keefe’s account is accurate, and his earnest bafflement on-air suggests as much, then he and Project Veritas did nothing wrong and plenty right.
Indeed, the fact that O’Keefe had the potentially embarrassing diary of Joe Biden’s daughter, and he did not wave it over his head like a proverbial bloody shirt, speaks convincingly to O’Keefe’s high journalistic standards and formidable sense of restraint.
Rather than applaud and thank O’Keefe for not embarrassing the First Daughter, Biden’s well-armed muscle instead shackled him as he was partially undressed, poked through his possessions for hours, and then carted off O’Keefe’s two iPhones, his First Amendment-protected journalistic notes, and confidential records on sources, donors, and other privileged matters.
I am not an attorney, but I am mystified at how anything here approximates a crime. Even if O’Keefe had published Ashley Biden’s diary, it is not even slightly classified. Other news outlets have publicized everything from The Pentagon Papers in 1971 to President Donald J. Trump’s top-secret phone conversations with world leaders in 2017. Thus, running the First Daughter’s personal reflections should be no less legal than those stories, for which no journalist ever paid any price.
Disgusted by this police-state outrage, I proudly donated to Project Veritas moments after Sean Hannity finished interviewing O’Keefe. Attorney General Garland need not troll through O’Keefe’s smartphones to find my name among his contributors. Here I am.
As it happens, Obama-appointed Federal District Court Judge Analisa Torres on Friday ordered Justice to stop extracting and reviewing data from O’Keefe’s phones.
In any case, I urge others to stand up for James O’Keefe, Project Veritas, unbridled journalism, and the First Amendment. Gifts of all sizes can and should be donated here.
These funds will help Project Veritas continue its vital work and stymie all the President’s henchmen who, incredibly enough, are abusing O’Keefe and his organization even though they did not spotlight the First Daughter’s most intimate thoughts. As O’Keefe said: “Project Veritas gave the diary to law enforcement to ensure it could be returned to its rightful owner. We never published it.”
What a criminal.
The next step is for James O’Keefe and Project Veritas to sue Comandante Biden and his bullies until they bleed.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.