Leaked documents have revealed that the FBI and DHS were working directly with tech companies to police what information the American people could see during the 2020 election.
Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde (fired by Elon Musk last week) met MONTHLY with DHS to discuss censorship plans. A Microsoft exec texted to DHS: “Platforms have got to get comfortable with government.”
FBI agent Laura Dehmlow was in communications with Facebook that led to the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020 over the false allegation that it was “disinfo.” This year, she met with Twitter and DHS to stress “we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable.”
The leak revealed plans to expand censorship on topics like withdrawal from Afghanistan, origins of COVID or any information that undermines trust in financial institutions. DHS also planned to monitor speech on COVID vaccines, racial justice and Ukraine.
Earlier this year, DHS launched a widely panned “Disinformation Governance Board” which it later shuttered following criticism. But the same agenda lives on within a DHS sub-agency “CISA” which argues disinformation is a threat to American “critical infrastructure”. But the inherently subjective nature of what constitutes disinformation provides a broad opening for DHS officials to make politically motivated determinations about what constitutes dangerous speech. (Plus, we have all seen how last year’s “disinformation” often ends up being this year’s “confirmed data.”)
Behind closed doors, in direct violation of law and the constitution, the U.S. government has used its power to try to shape online discourse.
Everyone must vote in this mid-term election.
*Fascism – a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator, controls the lives of the people, and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.