The Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently awarded Michigan State University nearly $600,000 to monitor “far-right” groups on social media. The study is reportedly aimed at combating violent extremism.

Judge Andrew Napolitano said on "Fox and Friends" that this is unconstitutional because the First Amendment guarantees free expression, especially on political matters.

"If you think that everything you say is going to be monitored by the government, if you think your name is going to be on a list because you express opinions ... that's called 'chilling,' a fancy legal term for the government doing things to induce you not to speak freely," Judge Napolitano explained. "And that violates the First Amendment."

He said that the DOJ considers most of America "far-right" with respect to gun rights, abortion and taxes.

"Is this the way tax dollars should be spent? Why doesn't someone in the United States Congress look at the way tax dollars are being spent when the Justice Department does this?" Judge Napolitano asked. "They give $600,000 to a state school, Michigan State University, a fine institution, and say, 'Give us a study showing us how bad these right-wingers are.'"

"Is this what the Justice Department is supposed to do? How about catching bank robbers?"

Get more insight from Judge Napolitano in the "Fox and Friends" clip above.


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