Posts Tagged ‘censorship’

The censorship of conservatives, and others of us on the political right, has reached pandemic levels.  The main goal of this wholesale censorship is to make sure Democrats maintain power and control over the American people.

This censorship may have begun with the executives running the social media giants acting on their own.  This has morphed into an enthusiastic partnership between the Joe Biden regime and the social media corporations.  The unholy alliance is chronicled in this article from the Interept.

Behind closed doors, and through pressure on private platforms, the U.S. government has used its power to try to shape online discourse. According to meeting minutes and other records appended to a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican who is also running for Senate, discussions have ranged from the scale and scope of government intervention in online discourse to the mechanics of streamlining takedown requests for false or intentionally misleading information.

This is an egregious violation of the Freedom of Speech clause of the First Amendment.  At first the social media platforms may have been hesitant, however, they warmed up to this censorship scheme.

“Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain,” Microsoft executive Matt Masterson, a former DHS official, texted Jen Easterly, a DHS director, in February.

In a March meeting, Laura Dehmlow, an FBI official, warned that the threat of subversive information on social media could undermine support for the U.S. government. Dehmlow, according to notes of the discussion attended by senior executives from Twitter and JPMorgan Chase, stressed that “we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable.”

Joe Biden’s corrupt Department of Homeland Security is at the very core of this alliance to censor those who have beliefs and opinions that differ from the progressive orthodoxy.

DHS’s mission to fight disinformation, stemming from concerns around Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, began taking shape during the 2020 election and over efforts to shape discussions around vaccine policy during the coronavirus pandemic. Documents collected by The Intercept from a variety of sources, including current officials and publicly available reports, reveal the evolution of more active measures by DHS.

According to a draft copy of DHS’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, DHS’s capstone report outlining the department’s strategy and priorities in the coming years, the department plans to target “inaccurate information” on a wide range of topics, including “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine.”

As with all tyrannies, the justification for this trampling of one of our most fundamental God=given natural rights sounds the tiniest bit noble on the surface. 

DHS justifies these goals — which have expanded far beyond its original purview on foreign threats to encompass disinformation originating domestically — by claiming that terrorist threats can be “exacerbated by misinformation and disinformation spread online.” But the laudable goal of protecting Americans from danger has often been used to conceal political maneuvering.

The scope of this partnership is far reaching.

The extent to which the DHS initiatives affect Americans’ daily social feeds is unclear. During the 2020 election, the government flagged numerous posts as suspicious, many of which were then taken down, documents cited in the Missouri attorney general’s lawsuit disclosed. And a 2021 report by the Election Integrity Partnership at Stanford University found that of nearly 4,800 flagged items, technology platforms took action on 35 percent — either removing, labeling, or soft-blocking speech, meaning the users were only able to view content after bypassing a warning screen. The research was done “in consultation with CISA,” the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Prior to the 2020 election, tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Discord, Wikipedia, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Verizon Media met on a monthly basis with the FBI, CISA, and other government representatives. According to NBC News, the meetings were part of an initiative, still ongoing, between the private sector and government to discuss how firms would handle misinformation during the election.

There is a very clear and linkage between the Biden regime and these traitorous social media giants.

There is also a formalized process for government officials to directly flag content on Facebook or Instagram and request that it be throttled or suppressed through a special Facebook portal that requires a government or law enforcement email to use. At the time of writing, the “content request system” at facebook.com/xtakedowns/login is still live. DHS and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.

The author of this Federalist article is right on with this analysis.

Big Tech Isn’t A Victim In The Biden Regime’s Speech Crackdown, It’s An Eager Collaborator.  A self-government cannot survive the two-pronged assault from the government and tech companies working together to suppress disfavored speech and control the public narrative

Large corporations have become the attack dogs of the Democratic Party.  These mega businesses do the dirty work for their corrupt political masters.  This partnership has done tremendous harm to the American people, yet far too few are aware of the harm.

Social media corporations are engaging in mass censorship of anyone who dare to post anything that contradicts the established progressive narrative.  This is being done at the behest of the leadership of the Democrat Party.  Joe Biden himself has called on the social media giants to censor political opponents, deputizing them. 

I have received a great many lengthy stints in Facebook jail for voicing the truth that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from President Trump, along with a very large percentage of my conservative and libertarian friends.  Twitter is far more rabid when it comes to silencing the truth about the stolen election.

Censorship by social media is one of the primary reasons why the fraudulent election was allowed to stand.  The economic catastrophe the United States now faces is a direct result of the partnership between the Democrat Party and the social media giants.

Social media corporations censored all news that contradicted the established Democrat narrative regarding the Wuhan Flu pandemic.  This kept Americans so fearful that the majority of Americans accepted the trampling of our most fundamental rights.  This resulted in an extreme level of economic harm to all of us.

Far too Americans know of the unacceptable level of dangerous side effects caused by the COVID vaccines.  Most Americans unquestioningly accept vaccine mandates from all levels of government.  The CDC is now about to declare that the COVID vaccine become a yearly vaccine for all children. 

News corporations cram the Democrat Party platform down the throats of the American people and denigrate everything the Republican Party stands for.  These mainstream news agencies bury Democrat scandals and bury those of Democrats. This is election tampering in the extreme.

Every time a state bucks the Democrat playbook, large corporations scream bloody murder and demand the state change its evil ways.  Steps to thwart the Democrat’s transgender ideology are not allowed, neither is calling for an end to abortion, or preventing the Democrats from stealing elections.

Environment Social and Governance is the latest collaboration effort between the Democrat Party and corporations.  This will further cripple the oil and gas industry here in the United States.

We the people need to fight against this alliance.  Government solutions are not the answer, except where it comes to ending legal protections that enable this partnership.  We the people must begin a grassroots effort where we punish these deputized corporations by withholding our business and sharing our displeasure in a public way.  We need to engage in a financial and public relations guerilla style war against these corporations who do the Democrat’s bidding.

In a post earlier today I talked about how corruption has a lot to do with the failures of Russia in their War vs Ukraine and also how the media protecting them helped preserve this corruption.

Don Surber is a retired newspaperman who writes a very good blog at donsurber.blogspot.com and has for a lot of years. A few days back he wrote a good, but not all that provocative post about the corruption at the FBI. A couple of days ago in his daily update of the news closed with this:

FINALLY, I received this email from Blogger.com:

“Your post titled ‘How to end the FBI’ has been deleted.” No reason. No rhyme. No appeal. Just deleted. The email cited community standards but the community has no say in what those standards are, so they are by definition not community standards.

Readers can still read it here, and decide for themselves if it meets our community standards.

Meanwhile, I started a substack — donsurber.substack.com Guess what the first post is…. 

This tells me that none of this is happening in a vacuum and that it will either end it a collapse of this corruption or a collapse of our freedoms.

If anything confirms the need for this novena, confirms the choice of St. Matthew as the best patron for it.

So let’s go out on a high note of prayer.

St. Matthew Novena - Day 9
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Dear Lord, we thank You for giving us St. Matthew as an example of holiness. Help us to imitate the devotion to You he showed in his years of service to Your Church.

St. Matthew, you were called by Jesus to leave behind your old life as a tax collector and follow Him. After this, you devoted the rest of your life to following and serving Him.

Please bring my petitions before Christ Whom you served so faithfully!

You wrote of Jesus’ life and ministry in your Gospel so that others could come to know Him. You devoted the rest of your life to preaching the Good News and helping to establish the Church.

Pray for me, that I may be as faithful a servant of God and His Church as you were. Pray that I may always be eager to put my gifts to use serving God. 

Please also pray for the FBI agents involved in the arrest of Mark Houck.

St. Matthew, pray for us!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 

Amen.

Read more at: https://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-matthew-novena

Most Americans had great respect for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  That changed for the negative drastically during Obama Administration.  President Obama had a particularly bad habit of injecting progressive politics into all levels of the Federal Government, including law enforcement and intelligence agencies.  Other presidents had done this to some extent, however, Obama proved to be the undisputed grand master.  The FBI became an attack dog for progressives

President Trump tried in vain to drain the swamp.  He was unsuccessful at disbanding the deep state, despite his best efforts.  While Trump was in office the deep state  repeatedly tried to undermine his presidency. 

Conservatives and Libertarians claimed vociferously that the Deep State played a major role in the theft of the 2020 presidential election from President Trump.  Confirmation of this came this past week.  Check out this Newsbusters article for the details.

Zuckerberg went on Rogan’s podcast Aug. 25, and Rogan asked him about how Facebook deals with supposed “misinformation,” specifically highlighting the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Big Tech censored the Biden scandal just before the 2020 election, an action which the Media Research Center revealed helped Big Media and Big Tech steal the 2020 election for President Joe Biden. Zuckerberg readily admitted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had pressured his platform to censor content.

Mark Zuckerberg elaborated in great detail about what took place.

“I mean, basically the background here is the FBI, I think, basically came to us, [to] some folks on our team, and was like, ‘Hey, umm, just so you know, like, you should be on high alert. There was—we thought that there was a lot of Russian propaganda in the 2016 election. We have it on notice that basically there’s about to be some kind of dump of, of—um, uh—that’s similar to that. So just be vigilant.’”

“What we do is we have, um—if something is reported to us as potentially, um, misinformation, important misinformation— We also have a third-party fact-checking program. We don’t want to be deciding what’s true and false. And for the, I think it was, five or seven days when it was basically being, um, being determined whether it was false, um, the distribution on Facebook was decreased, but people were still allowed to share it.”

Zuckerberg then explained how Facebook suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story while the platform’s fact-checkers reviewed it. “The ranking on [Facebook’s] newsfeed was a little bit less,” Zuckerberg said. “So, fewer people saw it than would have otherwise.”

Zuckerberg then attempted to defend Facebook’s biased censorship. “We just kind of thought, hey, look, if the FBI—which, I still view as a legitimate institution in this country; it’s a very professional law enforcement — they come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something, then I want to take that seriously.”

Rogan inquired if the FBI had asked for censorship of the Hunter Biden scandal specifically. “Did they specifically say you needed to be on guard about that story?” asked Rogan. “No. I don’t remember if it was that specifically, but it was—it basically fit the pattern,” Zuckerberg answered evasively.

The FBI’s response to this scandal, as documented in this Political Insider article, made this disturbing scandal so much worse.

The FBI issued a statement following Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s admission that Facebook limited exposure of Hunter Biden laptop news prior to the 2020 presidential election after receiving a warning from the bureau to be on the lookout for Russian propaganda.

In their response, the agency casually admitted it “routinely notifies” companies and social media platforms about potential threats.

“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats,”

Representative Thomas Massie was absolutely correct with this tweet:

This is a grave violation of the First Amendment, something the Biden holds in contempt. Check out this article from the Federalist as proof of that statement.

Documents Berenson obtained during the discovery phase of the lawsuit he filed against Twitter illustrate how the government actively works to shut down free speech on issues of public interest. Berenson’s criticisms of the Covid vaccines, which he claimed were ineffective and possibly harmful, came exactly at the time when the federal government, as well as many states and cities, were using every available coercive means at their disposal to force Americans to take them. As such, his speech was deemed extremist and needed to be suppressed to save lives during the pandemic.