Federal Government Forces Social Media Companies to Censor Americans; NCLA Files Preliminary Injunction in Mexican Gulf Charter Boat Lawsuit
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Federal Government Forces Social Media Companies to Censor Americans

Mark Changizi, Daniel Kotzin, and Michael Senger each had or have Twitter accounts with tens of thousands of followers or more. Their Twitter platforms provided them with a social network, and an outlet to express their views, to hear the views of others, and to engage with detractors and fans alike. Outrageously, the U.S. Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have directed social media platforms, including Twitter, to censor alleged “misinformation” about Covid-19. The speech ban has included information the government later conceded was true but that conflicted with the government’s messaging on Covid-19 at the time. On March 3, the Surgeon General demanded that the tech companies turn over information about individuals who spread such “misinformation,” a clear intimidation tactic. In response to government pressure, Twitter has permanently banned Mr. Senger, and temporarily suspended Mr. Changizi and Mr. Kotzin.

NCLA has filed a Complaint and a Motion for a Preliminary Injunction in the lawsuit, Changizi, et al. v. HHS, et al., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio alleging that Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, whom NCLA has sued in their official capacities, do not have the statutory authority to issue the request. Mark and Vec discuss this government intimidation of tech companies. 

NCLA Files Preliminary Injunction in Mexican Gulf Charter Boat Lawsuit 

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana has denied the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by over 1,300 federally permitted charter boat owners in the class-action lawsuit, Mexican Gulf Fishing Company, et al. v. NOAA, et al., and granted the government’s motion to allow a Final Rule governing the tracking of boats to go into effect. 

NCLA recently filed a Motion for an Injunction Pending Appeal in the class-action lawsuit, to immediately stop the ongoing, unlawful surveillance of charter boats in the Gulf of Mexico. The charter boats will continue to be monitored, their whereabouts relayed at all times to the government without a warrant, unless an injunction is granted.

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