A new whistleblower document obtained by Project Veritas has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is targeting election crimes relating to “misinformation” and “disinformation” ahead of the midterm elections nest month.
“Disinformation” is included as one of these crimes, defined as “false or inaccurate information intended to mislead others. Disinformation campaigns on social media are used to deliberately confuse, trick, or upset the public.”
Also being targeted are crimes related to “misinformation,” defined on the sheet as “false or misleading information spread mistakenly or unintentionally.”
Other crimes listed are voter intimidation and suppression, voter and ballot fraud, election influence and interference, and crimes relating to campaign finances.
In a section titled “Things to Consider,” the FBI reminds its agents of the public’s First and Fourth Amendment rights.
“Free speech is one of the rights protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution,” the sheet states. “The First Amendment prohibits the investigation/intelligence activity based ‘solely’ to monitor the First Amendment activities.”
“We must be careful due to concerns that the government is limiting free speech by monitoring activity associated with protected classes.”
The sheet states that internet activities like social media posts, instant messages, and post reactions are all “First Amendment-protected speech.”
In regards to the Fourth Amendment, the sheet states, “The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures without probable cause and, generally, requires a search warrant if the search will intrude on a reasonable expectation of privacy.”
“As it pertains to social media and open source, ‘publically available means the online content must be available to the investigator in the same manner that it is to the general public. If there may be a ‘reasonable expectation of privacy,’ the information is not open source.'”