by Enrico Trigoso
A photo shows the logo
of the the American online social media
and social networking service,
Facebook and Twitter on a computer screen
on Oct. 21, 2020.
(Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images)
John Pierce and former U.S.
Bob Barr (R-Ga.) filed in May a
RICO (racketeer influenced and
corrupt organizations act) lawsuit seeking over $10 billion in
Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey,
...on behalf of
Laura Loomer, a Republican who
is running for Florida's 11th congressional district.
Loomer is a Jewish conservative journalist who has been banned from,
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
Uber, Uber Eats Lyft, Clubhouse, and Chase online banking,
...among other companies.
The lead counsel, Bob Barr, founder of the non-profit Liberty
Guard, told The Epoch Times that this case is different
from other cases filed against big tech/social media companies in
recent years, which have generally focused on some form of
"What we have
constructed in our complaint... is far different - it's broader,
more complex, and more substantive," Barr said.
"It looks at what Facebook and Twitter, in particular, have been
doing to our client, Laura Loomer, in Florida.
In the context of how
social media more broadly entice individuals to use their
platforms and then basically commit fraud by de-platforming them
after they promised not to de-platform them in order to get
their money," he further noted.
(Courtesy of Bob Barr's office)
"The lawsuit goes far
beyond that, because as you may be aware, in a RICO case,
federal racketeering case, once you establish that there is this
pattern of activities or predicate acts being committed against
our client, in this case, then similar acts, similar bad actions
can be brought in," Barr said.
"That's what we've done, so if you were looking at the
lawsuit... you would see many pages that deal with predicate
acts by Facebook and Twitter not just against Laura, but against
other people, other institutions as well.
So that's why it's, I
think, far more substantive and brings the action against social
media to a much higher level than these other cases involving
The complaint (PDF)
alleges that the defendants have engaged in a pattern of
racketeering activity, which encompasses the breaking of a
number of federal criminal laws, including,
commerce by threats or violence, interstate and foreign
transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises, wire fraud,
providing material support or resources to terrorist
organizations, and advocating the overthrow of government...
Barr would like the
public to see that there is a legitimate way, through the court
system, to try to hold social media entities accountable for their
"I think there's a
great frustration out there, where people see themselves being
de-platformed or punished, so to speak, by social media, and
they feel powerless to do anything about it.
Hopefully, in this
lawsuit, people will see that there are ways to address these
issues legitimately through the judicial system," Barr
John Pierce, founder of
John Pierce law and the National Constitutional Law Union,
filed a lawsuit against
Atlas Air, on behalf of US
Freedom Flyers (USFF) and Atlas employees, and plans to sue all
major airlines, 18 altogether, plus the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation
(DOT), contending that,
imposed by these agencies on the airlines' employees infringed
on their constitutional, religious, and medical liberties...
Pierce told The Epoch
Times he is,
"very excited to be
part of the case" against Big Tech.
"It is a very
meritorious and unique way to go after Big Tech in terms of the
wrongful conduct that they have been engaged in."
Defense Attorney John Pierce
during an extradition hearing
Kyle Rittenhouse in Lake County court
Waukegan, Ill., on Oct. 30, 2020.
Pierce said in a press release (PDF):
"It is time for Big
Tech tyranny to come to an end. For too long, Americans have sat
idly by while companies like Facebook and Twitter have warped
public debate with their algorithms, so-called fact-checkers,
"The idea that [Laura Loomer] can be silenced by Big Tech with
the push of a button because she is conservative is absurd,
dangerous, and un-American.
In this legal action,
we will fight to ensure that Ms. Loomer's voice is not silenced,
and that vital constitutionally guaranteed rights are protected
in the digital age."
Loomer said she looks
"taking on Facebook,
Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey in the courtroom."
"I'm proud to have filed the first-ever RICO case against the
big tech mafia, the big tech social media tyrants, for their
criminal activity and active conspiracy in an effort to silence
Americans and basically control the flow of information around
the world," Loomer told The Epoch Times.
(Courtesy of Laura Loomer)
"Ultimately I think
that they need to be held accountable... and just like I'm going
to be holding them accountable in the courtroom with my RICO
case, I also look forward to holding Big Tech accountable once I
win my congressional race," Loomer continued.
"I think it's important for people to remember that I am the
first and the only de-platformed candidate in United States
So my campaign is the
only campaign that has ever been denied access to social media
and this is election interference."
A Florida law that would
fine social media companies for de-platforming political candidates
challenged in court in May.
Facebook and Twitter are both incorporated in the state of Delaware.
headquarters is in Menlo Park, California.
The headquarters of
Twitter is in San Francisco.
Zuckerberg is the Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Dorsey is the
former CEO of Twitter.
Both of them are
residents of California, and both companies have substantial
businesses in all 50 states.
A combined image showing
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left,
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey,
remotely before Congress on Oct. 28, 2020.
(Michael Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)
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