Biden Takes America One Terrifying Step Closer To “Big Brother” Surveillance State
(TargetLiberty.org) – It looks like rumors just might be true the Biden administration intends to move forward with a new “Disinformation Governance Board.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will spearhead the effort with self-titled democracy and disinformation expert Nina Jankowicz at the lead. The plan is raising serious concerns because of its eerie similarities to “The Ministry of Truth” in George Orwell’s “1984.”
What We Know So Far
The new Board allegedly intends to focus on data that directly threatens national security in some way — specifically, irregular migration and Russian disinformation. However, that’s an extreme oversimplification, at least according to this transcript of an April 27th press briefing.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, while under fire with questions from other officials about border policies, clarified the new board will seek to address misinformation impacting election integrity in the US. It also intends to focus on disinformation that uniquely impacts minority groups, including illegal immigrants.
As both Mayorkas and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (D-IL) point out within the transcript several times, there’s evidence human smuggling organizations use disinfo to take advantage of vulnerable migrants. Mayorkas mentioned resolving this problem will be a key goal for both the governance board and other DHS entities.
A Slippery Slope
To the untrained eye, addressing falsehoods that stand to impact national security and/or take advantage of vulnerable people probably seems wise, at least at first glance. The truth, however, isn’t so clear-cut. Both parties have attempted to manipulate or censor facts in the past out of a desire to shift undesirable narratives.
Take Hunter Biden’s laptop, for example. Officials for months attempted to claim the entire story was little more than a Russian disinformation campaign. Some — including Nina Jankowicz herself — even attempted to dismiss the story as fully fake.
IC has a high degree of confidence that the Kremlin used proxies to push influence narratives, including misleading or unsubstantiated claims about President Biden, to US media, officials, and influencers, some close to President Trump.
A clear nod to the alleged Hunter laptop.
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) March 16, 2021
Evidence later proved the laptop story was legitimate, proving her and others wrong who tried to shut down the story. But up until that point, DNC leaders engaged in an all-out campaign to have it erased from existence across multiple sites. Twitter even deleted all traces of the story from its platform, citing national security concerns.
Then, too, there was the time DNC leaders engaged in an all-out war against parents by sending the FBI to investigate school board meetings. As Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) points out in this tweet, the government seems a little too willing to prioritize the policing of Americans’ right to speak freely.
The Administration that activated the FBI against parents at school board meetings now has created a government Disinformation Board to monitor all Americans’ speech. It’s a disgrace. Joe Biden & Secretary Mayorkas: dissolve this monstrosity immediately pic.twitter.com/hSnMpREizI
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 28, 2022
Both of these instances exemplify why so many people are concerned about the new Disinformation Governance Board. Censorship almost always becomes a slippery slope; it can allow parties to manipulate public sentiment or even force an undesirable agenda. The ability to curtail, delete or spin entire conversations is a powerful tool in the hands of tyrants.
Eerie Similarities to Orwell’s Ministry of Truth
Orwell’s fictional “Ministry of Truth” masqueraded as a legitimate organization tasked with protecting the people from harm. In reality, it was effectively a propaganda machine for the ruling party that sought out and rewrote facts to better suit party doctrine. The fact it lied more frequently than it told the truth essentially made it the most blatant example of gaslighting at a national level in fiction to date.
Both the Ministry of Truth and the new Disinformation Governance Board claim to have the people’s best interests in mind. Yet, both could very easily be misused to manipulate political narratives. The fact that we know Democrats have a shaky history of actually verifying facts or confirming the truth before rolling forward with claims makes the idea that much more concerning.
But there’s a simpler and more bipartisan concern in all of these information control attempts, too: constitutionality. The First Amendment specifically states that “Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech.”
Doesn’t the creation of an information control board violate the right to free speech?
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