(NEW) Censorship Files EXPOSED * CONTROLLING OUR BRAINS * (CISA)
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- Report reveals collusion between CISA, Big Tech, and government-funded groups for social media censorship.
- CISA’s expanded surveillance and censorship activities go beyond its original mission.
- Concerns raised over CISA’s anti-misinformation team and relocation of censorship operations.
- Advisory committee fears exposure and attempts to erase evidence of domestic surveillance.
- EU regulations pose additional threats to free speech, urging resistance.
Have you heard about the latest report that has just been released? It’s astonishing how the mainstream media is completely silent about it. We need to ask ourselves why nobody is talking about what could be the biggest story of the decade. This report addresses an issue that involves censorship and an alarming type of authoritarianism reminiscent of Orwell’s dystopian world.
The media, the very institution that should be delivering us the truth, is lying to us. They are not telling you the full truth about what is really going on. Moreover, the social media companies we rely on for information are all under the control of powerful censorship agencies. It’s a concerning revelation, and it’s time for us to speak freely, clearly, and openly.
Recently, the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government released an interim staff report that sheds light on a deeply troubling situation. The report is titled “The Weaponization of CISA: How a ‘Cybersecurity’ Agency Colluded with Big Tech and ‘Disinformation‘ Partners to Censor Americans.” It exposes the collusion between the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), major technology companies, and government-funded third parties to conduct censorship and cover up CISA’s unconstitutional activities.
The investigation conducted by these committees aims to uncover how the federal government coerced and colluded with private companies and other third-party groups to censor speech. As part of this investigation, CISA was subpoenaed for documents and communications on April 28, 2023. Public reporting, including the infamous Twitter Files, has already exposed how the government has pressured and colluded with Big Tech and intermediaries to censor certain viewpoints in ways that undermine our First Amendment principles.
While the investigation is still ongoing, the information obtained so far reveals that CISA has been directly involved in the censorship of Americans, both independently and through third-party intermediaries. The report also reveals some alarming details:
- CISA considered the establishment of an anti-misinformation “rapid response team” that could be deployed across the country.
- CISA relocated its censorship operation to a non-profit organization funded by CISA itself after facing legal action, implicitly acknowledging the unconstitutionality of its censorship activities.
- CISA intended to use the same CISA-funded non-profit as a mouthpiece to avoid being seen as propagating government propaganda.
- Members of CISA’s advisory committee expressed concerns that it was only a matter of time before their work was exposed and questioned by the public.
- In response to increasing scrutiny, CISA attempted to remove any references to its domestic surveillance and censorship activities from its website.
As if things weren’t bad enough, there is even more concerning news on the horizon. The European Union (EU) is poised to introduce more censorship regulations. Companies will be legally obligated to comply, or else they could face shutdowns. This is a crucial moment for all of us. We must resist these measures, and we must continue to speak up. It is love for truth and freedom that will guide us through these challenging times. We must not let this happen.
Let’s delve into the executive summary and key points of the report. It begins with a quote from CISA Director Jen Easterly, who stated, “One could argue we’re in the business of critical infrastructure, and the most critical infrastructure is our cognitive infrastructure, so building that resilience to misinformation and disinformation, I think, is incredibly important.” This quote sets the stage for the report’s findings.
The report emphasizes that the First Amendment recognizes that no person or entity possesses a monopoly on the truth. It acknowledges that what may be considered true today could be labeled as misinformation or disinformation tomorrow. Labeling speech in such a manner does not strip it of its protection under the First Amendment. According to our Constitution, the government is strictly forbidden from censoring political speech and from using third parties to bypass this protection and engage in censorship by proxy.
The Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government have been conducting an investigation into government-induced censorship on social media. Their ongoing investigation has revealed that CISA, initially established to safeguard critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, has expanded its mission to surveil and censor Americans’ speech on social media.
CISA was founded in 2018 and was originally intended to be an ancillary agency focused on protecting critical infrastructure. However, over time, it morphed into the central hub for the federal government’s domestic surveillance and censorship operations on social media. By 2020, CISA was regularly reporting social media posts that were deemed to spread disinformation. In 2021, CISA had a dedicated “Mis-, Dis-, and Malinformation” team. In an attempt to cover up its unconstitutional activities, CISA duplicitously claimed to serve a purely “informational” role.
The First Amendment is rooted in the principle that no person or institution, including the government, should have a monopoly on the truth. Suppressing speech based on viewpoint is not only dangerous but also poses a threat to our constitutional republic. The government has no authority to restrict expression based on its message, ideas, subject matter, or content. As the Supreme Court has stated, no official, regardless of their position, can dictate what should be considered orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or matters of opinion.
It is crucial to understand that labeling speech as misinformation does not strip it of its protection under the First Amendment. Even false statements are inevitable in a society that values open and vigorous expression of views. The Framers of our Constitution deliberately avoided creating an exception for false speech, as they recognized the danger of granting the government the power to determine what is true and what is not.
The First Amendment not only safeguards our right to speak but also protects our right to receive information. This right is a natural consequence of the sender’s First Amendment right to transmit ideas. So, why is CISA suddenly censoring American citizens? To understand this, we need to look at the agency’s origin and its evolving role.
CISA was established by Congress in 2018, replacing the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Initially, CISA’s mission focused on leading cybersecurity and critical infrastructure security programs. However, in 2019, it expanded its scope to include countering foreign influence and protecting election infrastructure.
While its creation was justified by the need to protect critical infrastructure sectors from cybersecurity threats, CISA gradually extended its reach to combat foreign disinformation. It then used the pretext of safeguarding election infrastructure to surveil and censor American citizens online. CISA’s mission creep into surveillance, censorship, and cover-ups is deeply troubling.
The investigation carried out by the committees has uncovered previously undisclosed documents that shed light on CISA’s unconstitutional activities. It has become evident that CISA expanded its mission beyond cybersecurity to monitor all forms of disinformation, including speech by Americans. The agency exploited its connections with Big Tech and government-funded nonprofits to engage in censorship by proxy, bypassing the First Amendment’s prohibition against government-induced censorship. Shockingly, CISA established reporting portals that funneled reports of misinformation directly from the government to social media platforms. Furthermore, the report reveals that CISA sought advice from executives in Big Tech and academics who encouraged its unconstitutional behavior.
To make matters worse, CISA and its advisors attempted to cover up their actions by removing any references to domestic misinformation and disinformation from its website. This disturbing pattern of behavior demonstrates how CISA has transformed into an agency involved in domestic surveillance and speech policing, far exceeding its original statutory authority.
In conclusion, it is clear that the report raises serious concerns about the infringement on our First Amendment rights and the manipulation of information in the digital age. The findings expose the collusion between CISA, Big Tech, and government-funded entities to suppress speech and censor Americans. As citizens, we must remain vigilant and continue to advocate for the preservation of free speech, the pursuit of truth, and the protection of our constitutional rights. We cannot allow these encroachments on our liberties to go unnoticed or unchallenged. Together, we can make a difference and ensure that the fundamental principles of our democracy are upheld.
In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the role of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Originally established to address cybersecurity threats and protect critical infrastructure, CISA expanded its focus to include countering foreign malign influence operations. This expansion was fueled by the unfounded claims made by Democrats regarding foreign interference in the 2016 election.
CISA’s mission evolved to target not only foreign disinformation but also misinformation and disinformation originating from domestic sources. This marked a departure from its original purpose. The agency formed the Countering Foreign Influence Task Force (CFITF), later transitioning to the Mis-, Dis-, and Malinformation (MDM) team. Brian Scully played a key role in heading both the CFITF and the MDM team at CISA.
One of the most concerning aspects of CISA’s activities is its focus on “malinformation.” According to CISA’s own definition, malinformation refers to factual information that is used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate. The problematic aspect here is that the determination of what constitutes adequate “context” is left to the government, which introduces subjectivity and inherently political evaluations of truth and falsity.
CISA’s surveillance and censorship efforts escalated in the months leading up to the 2020 election, as evident from email exchanges and discussions. Even non-profit organizations specializing in disinformation, such as the German Marshall Fund’s Alliance for Securing Democracy, were surprised by CISA’s expansion into the surveillance of domestic speech.
A major concern arises when CISA attempts to conceal its unconstitutional activities and remove evidence of wrongdoing. The Disinformation Governance Board, announced by President Biden’s DHS in April 2022, faced public backlash and was disbanded. Lawsuits were filed against the Biden Administration, including CISA, alleging viewpoint-based censorship. These events prompted CISA to consider outsourcing its censorship operation to third parties to avoid the appearance of government propaganda.
Fearing public pressure and legal risks, CISA transferred its censorship operation to the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC). The suggestion of laundering messaging through the EI-ISAC arose, making it the mouthpiece for “trusted information.” Additionally, CISA and its advisory subcommittee sought to disguise their recommendations by removing references to surveillance and censorship.
The censorship and suppression of speech labeled as “mis/disinformation” present a dangerous trend. This notion is often utilized as a Trojan Horse by those seeking to impose their authoritarian desires. It hampers open debate, criticism, and the free flow of ideas that are essential for societal progress.
During the pandemic, we witnessed reputable individuals and scientists being silenced and censored because their views did not align with the consensus at the time or were considered controversial. However, history has shown that some of these silenced voices were correct in their assessments. This highlights the dangers of suppressing alternative views under the guise of “mis/disinformation.”
For instance, Stanford professor Jay Bhattacharya, who questioned the efficacy of Covid lockdowns, was secretly blacklisted on Twitter. Many other conservative and far-right users also found themselves on Twitter’s various “blacklists.” The act of silencing dissenting opinions inhibits the critical exchange of ideas necessary for societal progress.
The Enlightenment era recognized the importance of free speech, open debate, and criticism to advance society. Offending someone’s ideological views is a minor concern compared to the damage caused by stifling intellectual discourse. The suppression of ideas leads to an echo chamber where absurd and tyrannical policies are implemented without any opportunity for questioning the status quo.
It is crucial that we safeguard our right to engage in free and open dialogue. True progress can only be achieved when ideas are subjected to rigorous debate and scrutiny. We must resist the encroachment on free speech and challenge the narrative of “mis/disinformation” that is often used as a tool to control and suppress alternative viewpoints.
The ongoing revelations about CISA’s activities and attempts to conceal its actions underscore the importance of defending our rights and freedoms. By advocating for open discourse, we can ensure that the principles of truth, progress, and societal well-being prevail over censorship and authoritarianism.