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House Weaponization of Gov’t Committee Takes Aim at Biden, Big Tech Over Online Censorship

Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By B.C. Brutus

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A recently released report from the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government has revealed shocking new details about the government’s involvement in online censorship operations and the Biden administration’s collusion with Big Tech to silence free speech – both of which Democrats and the mainstream media previously insisted were “conspiracy theories.”

The 36-page document unveiled late last month zeroes in on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a shadowy entity within the Department of Homeland Security. Although CISA’s stated mission is strengthening U.S. “critical infrastructure” against cybersecurity threats, censorship watchdogs have exposed how the agency is heavily involved in censoring social media posts containing alleged “disinformation.”

As the report explains, in the years following CISA’s creation in 2018, it “metastasized into the nerve center of the federal government’s domestic surveillance and censorship operations on social media.” In response to criticism of these actions, the report continues, “in 2022 and 2023… CISA attempted to camouflage its activities, duplicitously claiming it serves a purely ‘informational’ role.

The report details how CISA would often work with Big Tech companies to censor speech by proxy. Screenshots of emails and other communications between CISA bureaucrats and officials at Twitter and other social media companies show various government agencies using CISA as an intermediary to “funnel ‘misinformation’ reports from the government directly to social media platforms.”

This process was known as “switchboarding.” As the report describes, “CISA officials received alleged ‘misinformation’ reports from election officials and forwarded those reports to social media companies so that they could take enforcement measures against the reported content.”

In effect, this meant that government bureaucrats were dictating to social media companies what online speech was allowed and what speech was not– an act seemingly in direct defiance of the First Amendment.

Other emails from CISA staff recount them worrying what would happen if the public found out what they were up to. One representative example shows a high-up CISA official fretting that it was “only a matter of time before someone realizes we exist and starts asking about our work.”

The report also notes how CISA “transitioned” soon after Biden took office to focus almost exclusively on countering “disinformation” – a task found nowhere in the agency’s congressionally-authorized mission. “In doing so,” the report states, “CISA admitted that its focus was no longer exclusively on ‘countering foreign influence,’ but was also targeting [disinformation] originating from domestic sources.”

After this practice began garnering unwanted attention from some Republican politicians, however, CISA shifted their tactics. Following federal lawsuits against the Biden administration from the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, the report states, CISA “outsourced its [disinformation]-related activities to third parties in an attempt to bypass the First Amendment and “avoid the appearance of government propaganda.”

Specifically, CISA began funding a nonprofit, the Center for Internet Security (CIS), to conduct censorship operations on its behalf. CISA has funded CIS, which is filled with former government bureaucrats, to the tune of $27 million in FY 2023

The House subcommittee’s report is yet more fallout from the so-called “Twitter Files,” a collection of internal company communications that new Twitter owner Elon Musk began releasing last year. In his announcement of subpoenas for top CISA officials, weaponization subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) specifically pointed to the Twitter Files, saying they have “exposed how the federal government has pressured and colluded with Big Tech and other intermediaries to censor certain viewpoints in ways that undermine First Amendment principles.”

Journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger, who broke most of the Twitter Files reporting and testified before the subcommittee, also identified CISA as a major player in online censorship. In written testimony to the subcommittee, Shellenberger listed CISA as a “key organization” within what he called the “Censorship Industrial Complex.”

In his reporting on Twitter, Shellenberger was even more blunt: “This entire government agency, CISA, part of DHS, should be abolished,” he wrote. “Its leaders & programs have flagrantly & repeatedly violated the First Amendment.”

Following the release of the weaponization subcommittee’s report, some mainstream media outlets offered tacit rebukes of the report. An MSNBC article called the report “sketchy,” while also incredibly labeling the Twitter Files a “conspiracy theory.” CBS News, meanwhile, alleged the report is “peppered with politically charged language” and downplayed the extent of CISA’s censorship operations.

For the most part, however, the liberal media was silent, refusing to cover the issue entirely. Congressional Democrats were also unusually quiet – none of the Democrat members of the subcommittee even issued an official statement on the report.

That silence is perhaps the best endorsement Jordan and House Republicans could have hoped for. Recognizing that they can’t refute the report on the facts, the left is seemingly hoping the public will simply lose interest.

But as more and more revelations come to light, the chances of that occurring appear increasingly slim.

B.C. Brutus is the pen name of a writer with previous experience in the legislative and executive branches.

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Robert
Robert
9 months ago

It is time to stop calling the media LIBERAL. They are the antithesis of the meaning of the word liberal. LEFTIST is the appropriate word !!

Phyllis Ann Howell
Phyllis Ann Howell
9 months ago

The “left’, “progressive”, “socialist”, “pro-China/Communist entity running our current government will stop at nothing to accomplish their “AGENDA”……..NOTHING.

Richard
Richard
9 months ago

Silence or condemnation is a common cover-up tactic to divert guilt and blame. These low life dweebs who do this, need to be punished, fired, and chastised.
What is the single most effective way to stop this and prevent future crap from happening. The administraton is by far the most corrupt yet, all because the mouth piece is inept and allows it.

Ann S
Ann S
9 months ago

Well finally we have proof that the current regime is going about to take away our first amendment right to free speech. We thinking people knew it already. How much more evidence the dems and independents need to see what the regime is up to.
On you tube CNN was airing Trumps speech in Iowa the other day and underneath they had a disclaimer that what was said is open to interpretation. Excuse me, what gives CNN the right to interpret for me what I am hearing and seeing. But that is how this regime works. The sky is blue right? But they say it is green. With a threat behind it that somewhere in some state someone was arrested for saying the sky was blue. How dare they and after awhile the weak among us will go along and say the sky is green. That was CISA’s job. To manipulate and brainwash the people. They don’t want that the people can make out for themselves that the sky is not green. Where is the power over you. They will tell you how to live what to think and what to do. And they are succeeding at a rapid rate the longer they stay in power. Wake up Amerika it is 5 minutes before 12. It is up to you.

Steven Tapper
Steven Tapper
9 months ago

Ask anyone who has been incarcerated in “Facebook Jail” if they believe that there is no censorship on Social Media. CISA has been caught in the act of censoring, for political purposes, our rights to free speech under the First Amendment. That in itself qualifies this agency to be defunded immediately and it’s management fired. The so called Media is nothing more than the Public Relations Arm of the Democrat Party. Anyone with an IQ above 50 knows this to be true. There should never be a weaponization of government agencies in the United States of America. It goes against everything this country stands for.

Gen. Patton
Gen. Patton
9 months ago

Our main stream media entities are all Leftists, owned by Chinese money. They operate like Communist News Entities.

MAGA 2024

Matthew G Zatkalik
Matthew G Zatkalik
9 months ago

Are we returning to the historic-mantra: ‘We were just following orders‘? I feel that if The Nuremberg Trials were held today in the USA, fewer perpetrators would be judged guilty, more perpetrators would be quietly expatiated to USA-owned facilities to continue their efforts, and more perpetrators would be enabled to flee prosecution. Justice now has her eyes uncovered, the scale of justice discarded, and her hands filled with (a) a current currency conversion chart, and (b) a cell phone to contact (a) USA agencies to acquire the price for injustice as well as to contact (b) off-shore facilities to determine if the price for injustice has been received.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Dig deeper OK probe wider

jocko
jocko
9 months ago

SO VERY SAD TO SEE THE HEAD OF THE ONCE HONORABLE fbi, wray, LIE his ASS OFF JUST LIKE FAMILY CRIME BOSS, china, joe biden

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
9 months ago

I have been censord on AOL for a while now.Over comments like Biden and that bunch should be in prison. Another cousin was censord on FB. I told AOL on one comment, it’s a beautiful day and it got kicked off. Yes AOL isn left wing. I’m sure theres more of you out there. Kyle L.

PIDL
PIDL
9 months ago

These leftists do not care about the Constitution. Many government officials flagrantly violating their oaths and are violating the constitution. They all need to be tried for treason!
This disease has spread to the lowest courts and governments in the land. They violate our rights every day because there is no one who can protect us.
So, in the end, we are going to have to protect ourselves. I do not think there is one honest police officer in our local police and sheriff’s office.

Joanne 4 justice
Joanne 4 justice
9 months ago

Finally, some significant action!
I truly hope and PRAY THAT ???? GOOD PREVAILS OVER EVIL!

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