In a stunning ruling that came down on the Fourth of July, U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty ordered numerous top federal officials to immediately cease all contact with social media firms “for the purpose of urging, encouraging, pressuring, or inducing in any manner the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protested free speech.”

In a sweeping 155-page opinion, the judge declared that the federal government’s effort to push back against “disinformation campaigns” related to COVID-19 could arguably be called “the most massive attack against free speech in this history of the Untied States.”

In his ruling, Doughty pointed out that the evidence presented by the plaintiffs—the Republican attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri—”goes far beyond mere generalizations or conjecture.”

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, a period perhaps best characterized by widespread doubt and uncertainty, the United States Government seems to have assumed a role similar to an Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth,’” wrote Doughty.

The preliminary injunction named names: The Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC and several individuals including Department of Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas and Jen Easterly, who is head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastucture Security Agency.

Writing on Substack, attorney Aaron Siri pulled out some of the most powerful quotes from the judge’s opinion—and said this decision “could be one of the most important decisions of this century.”

The judge’s full decision is HERE. The full order is HERE.

THE DEFENDANTS IN THE CASE BROUGHT BY MISSOURI AND LOUISIANA