Sharyl Attkisson 4th Am Litigation

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Raised by 1,646 people in 3 months
Created November 9, 2018
The first lawsuit of its kind to hold the US government accountable for spying on its own citizens. 

**UPDATE:  See summary of Oral Arguments  from Jan. 29, 2019**
Before we learned how often our own government spies on American citizens, intel sources warned investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson she was likely a target.

Multiple forensics exams revealed  the disturbing facts.

U.S. intel agency software was found in Sharyl’s computers. Government IP addresses—an undeniable digital fingerprint—remotely accessed Sharyl’s devices. The intruders combed through her files-- including her Emmy award-winning investigation “Fast and Furious”-- accessed her social media, monitored every keystroke, and secretly listened to conversations with whistleblowers.


The FBI quietly launched an investigation listing Sharyl as “victim” but, oddly, never contacted her.

“Attkisson v. The Department of Justice and unnamed FBI agents” is the first case of its kind. The Justice Department is using your unlimited tax money to obstruct, rather than identify the perpetrators.


We now know Sharyl is far from alone. The 2016 campaign revealed alleged political weaponization of intel tools apparently used to obscure the bigger picture: shockingly common government spying abuses.

How this case ends will answer whether Americans have any way to fight back against massive government overreach. And can criminals be punished… when they work for the government?


Read the letter signed by organizers of the Attkisson 4th Amendment Litigation Fund below the following news clip.


We, the undersigned, ask that you contribute today to this pro bono GoFundMe effort to help five time Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson finance her landmark lawsuit against the Department of Justice for the spying on her computers after she reported honestly but negatively about the federal government and the past presidential administration.

Sharyl, as many of you know, is now the host of the Sunday TV news program “Full Measure." The hacking of her home and work computers occurred when she reported for CBS News. Among other recognition, she received the 2013 Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and the Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for her stories on the Fast and Furious scandal.  

As CBS News reported on August 13, 2013:

“…[A] cybersecurity firm hired by CBS News 'has determined through forensic analysis' that 'Attkisson's computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson's accounts'.”

As The Daily Caller reported November 21, 2014:

“Newly released documents show the White House and Justice Department targeted investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson in hopes of thwarting her reporting for CBS News on the secretive government operation called Fast and Furious.”

To date, five independent forensics exams have uncovered various aspects of the unauthorized remote surveillance of Sharyl's computers.

Expert analysts found software used in the remote intrusions is proprietary to a U.S. federal government intelligence agency. Forensic analysis uncovered government Internet Protocol (IP addresses) used in the operation. Additionally, software installed remotely monitored Sharyl's keystrokes and activated her computers’ microphones to listen in on conversations. Analysts tracked the path of exfiltrated data from Sharyl’s home to the FBI center in Quantico, Virginia. Three classified government documents were found planted in Sharyl’s computer, and her social media accounts and phones were also compromised.

When Sharyl recently spoke at a legal seminar on Fourth Amendment surveillance abuses, some of the attending lawyers were stunned to hear that not a single journalism group or civil liberties organization has stepped up to become involved in the case, or help pay for Sharyl’s legal fees. Sharyl and her family are financing this litigation out of their own pockets, and to see this case to the end could cost upwards of $1,000,000.

One reason Sharyl’s case is so important is because there are likely more cases like hers that have gone undiscovered.

Internal emails at the “shadow CIA” company Stratfor, and disclosed by WikiLeaks, imply a larger effort: 

“Obama Leak Investigations (internal use only - pls do not forward)

Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.

Note -- There is specific tasker from the WH to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…” —Stratfor, Sept. 21, 2010

If these violations go unanswered and unpunished, government attacks on journalists and citizens will be left, unchallenged, to expand. Sharyl’s lawsuit has important Constitutional and freedom implications for every American. She is courageously proceeding -- really on behalf of all Americans.

The Department of Justice, first under Obama and now under Trump, has failed to launch appropriate efforts to learn who is responsible for the intrusions and to remedy the violations. Instead, the agency is spending taxpayer funds and public time -- all unlimited, unlike Sharyl’s resources -- fighting her lawsuit and obstructing attempts to discover the facts. This has exacerbated the damage caused by the intrusions in terms of emotional distress, professional distraction and financial cost.

Sharyl’s case is perfect for a GoFundMe account, but she felt uncomfortable about setting one up for herself. So we, the undersigned, have stepped in to help her, with all proceeds going directly to Sharyl for her lawsuit.

Please donate what you can:  $10, $25, $100, $1000, $5000, or whatever your best gift may be.  Our goal is $400,000.

And please share this on your social media pages, and forward this GoFundMe link to friends.


This is an extremely important case about the limits and consequences of government spying on Americans’ personal and work computers, and is being watched by many. It is in the public interest to seek accountability. It is at our own peril that we give up on the old fashioned free press and privacy notions set forth in our Constitution. 

Lastly, we urge you to contact the U.S. Department of Justice and the Trump administration today through social media or any other means at your disposal and tell them to stop using taxpayer money to fight Sharyl Attkisson -- a highly respected, principled journalist who was spied upon by the U.S. government.

(Organizations/affiliations named for identification purposes only)
Jim Babka
President, Inc.

Bob Barr,
Chairman, Liberty Guard
Former Member of Congress

William Binney
Former NSA Technical Director

Morton Blackwell
Conservative Leadership PAC

L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

David Bozell

Floyd Brown
Western Journal

Errol Copilevitz, Esq.
Copilevitz & Canter

Roger Craver
The Agitator

The Honorable Ken T. Cuccinelli II
Former Virginia Attorney General

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq.
President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising, Inc.

David Kirby
Independent investigative journalist
and author

Thomas Lifson
Founder and Publisher
American Thinker

Jenny Beth Martin
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund

Alberto A. Martinez
Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

Michael McCray
National Spokesman

Mark Crispin Miller
Professor of Media, Culture & Communication
New York University

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Foley & Lardner LLP

William J. Olson, Esq.
Free Speech Defense and Education Fund

Kathleen Patten
American Target Advertising, Inc.

George Rasley

Marcel Reid
Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights

Alfred S. Regnery
Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Mark Tapscott
Member, Freedom Forum’s
Freedom of Information Hall of Fame

Richard A. Viguerie
FedUp Political Action Committee

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Court date coming (VIDEO) *and* Special book offer:
If you'd like to share the message against dangerous government overreach and media bias, donate $150 before my court date this Tuesday and, I'll send you a signed paperback copy of one of my New York Times bestsellers (US mainland only):
"Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forced of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama's Washington" or
"The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote."
They are great gifts for free-thinkers; and eye-openers for anyone!
Be sure to leave a private comment with your donation, mention this offer, and and let me know who to sign the book to!
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With much gratitude,
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(VIDEO UPDATE): DOJ says it cannot be ready for oral arguments on scheduled date.
Thanks for your ongoing support, it means a great deal to know people are watching and supporting the fight against govt. overreach!
Sharyl Attkisson
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Thanks— and a Special New Year’s Offer!

Start the New Year right with a signed copy of “The Smear” or “Stonewalled” for yourself or a friend.
Introduce somebody new to the inside, shady world of hidden influence over news and politics.

About 4 weeks until Oral Arguments in Attkisson v. DOJ/FBI

Donate $150 by midnight Jan. 1, 2019 and receive a personalized, signed copy of your choice of the New York Times bestsellers The Smear or Stonewalled (Continental US only).

Donate $250 by midnight Jan. 1, 2019 and receive one of each copy signed to and mailed to addresses of your choice (Continental US only).

Please note you must mention this offer, include your choice of book, and send snail mail address(es) and name to be personalized to in the comment section of your donation (which you can make private), or I will not have any way to send you the books.
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The Smear:

Behind most major political stories there is an agenda: To destroy an idea or the people advancing it. Maybe you watched someone on the news report that Donald Trump is a racist misogynist, read that Hillary Clinton used a body double, or heard that Bernie Sanders cheated in the primary. Regardless of accuracy, the themes get repeated until they become accepted by many as the truth. It’s called “the smear.” Sophisticated operatives work behind the scenes to establish narratives, manipulate journalists, and shape the images you see every day. Nothing is by accident. 
Now hard-hitting investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, the New York Times bestselling author of Stonewalled, takes you behind the scenes of the modern smear machine, exploring how operatives from corporations and both sides of the political aisle have manipulated a complicit mainstream media to make disinformation, rumor, and dirty tricks defining traits of our democracy. Pulling back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research, she reveals how those in power create well-funded, organized attack campaigns to take down their enemies and influence your opinions, offering a detailed examination of the think tanks, super PACs, LLCs, and nonprofits that have become the hidden backers of some of the biggest smears in American politics. 
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Unique gift idea: Personalized NYT bestseller "The Smear" or "Stonewalled."
Donate $150 by. midnight Sun. Dec 16 and you'll receive a signed copy of one of my NYT bestsellers upon request.
*Please be sure and include your snail mail and the name you want the book signed to, in the options comment section of your donation!
Our request for oral arguments was granted and the date has been set for Jan. 29, 2019 9:30a.
With gratitude,
(Photo: me with my attorney, Tab Turner, and a member of one of our forensic teams)
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