Federal Court’s Surprising Verdict Exposes Gov’t Plot to Silence Covid-19 Skeptics

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Earlier this month according to New York Post in a report on Wednesday, September 20, a federal court of appeals delivered a verdict that reverberated through the realms of free speech and social media.

The ruling contended that the White House, surgeon general, CDC, and FBI “likely violated the First Amendment” by pressuring social media companies to censor COVID-19 skeptics, including renowned Stanford epidemiologist Dr. Jay Bhattacharya.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, an esteemed professor of medicine, economics, and health research policy at Stanford University, finds this ruling akin to the Second Enlightenment.

It emphasizes the essence of a democracy of ideas, irrespective of their correctness.

The crucial question arises: who possesses the authority to regulate the ideas expressed in the public square?

The federal court ordered the Biden administration and other federal agencies to refrain from exerting any pressure, formal or informal, on social media companies to remove, delete, suppress, or reduce free speech.

Dr. Bhattacharya, along with fellow professors from Harvard and Oxford, co-authored the Great Barrington Declaration in 2020.

This declaration advocated for a nuanced approach to the pandemic – “focused protection” – safeguarding vulnerable individuals while allowing others to continue with their lives as normally as possible.

However, these scientifically grounded ideas faced immediate censorship, with Google de-boosting them and their Facebook page vanishing into oblivion.

The court’s ruling exposed a vast government censorship enterprise that systematically coerced social media companies.

The government, in a bid to control the narrative, threatened regulatory consequences if these platforms did not stifle certain viewpoints on the pandemic.

Email correspondence revealed that then-NIH director Dr. Francis Collins called for a “swift and devastating takedown” of Dr. Bhattacharya and his co-authors, branding them “fringe epidemiologists.”

This behind-the-scenes pressure to silence dissenting voices exemplifies the challenges faced by those who dare to question prevailing narratives.

Further revelations from Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files” exposed the suppression of Dr. Bhattacharya’s profile on the platform.

This interference with the free exchange of ideas mirrors historical attempts to curb the dissemination of information, such as the suppression of the printing press in the 16th century.

Dr. Bhattacharya believes that this legal victory is a landmark case in curtailing government influence over social media.

It transcends the boundaries of Covid-19 and lockdowns, touching upon broader issues of free speech in the digital age.

The ruling is a beacon of hope in an era where technology empowers individuals to participate in public discourse.

The Biden administration’s appeal to the Supreme Court was expected, but Dr. Bhattacharya believes it is unlikely that the Court will overturn the fifth circuit’s decision.

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