by Frank Holmes, reporter
The Founding Fathers wrote the First Amendment to protect freedom of speech.
The Biden administration’s first rule is to overturn the First Amendment.
Joe Biden helped create a domestic spy agency that colluded with Big Tech to spy on your social media accounts, and shut down or delete political opinions it doesn’t like, according to a new report released by two congressional committees on Monday.
And after it got caught, it had its allies in the “private sector” carry on its left-wing censorship.
The report details the actions of a little-known government agency tucked it into the Department of Homeland Security called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Politicians said they formed the office in 2018 to defend Americans from cyberattacks on critical infrastructure such as radar, railroads, and pipelines.
Now Joe Biden shuts down U.S. pipelines—and he wants to shut down your Facebook feed, Twitter stream, and the Parler platform altogether. And he started as soon as President Donald Trump won the election.
Just after the 2016 election, Obama-Biden administration DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said “election infrastructure” is “critical infrastructure.” In 2019, operatives in the Deep State CISA founded the “Countering Foreign Influence Task Force” (CFITF), supposedly to track foreign efforts by nations—like “Russian influence”—to affect U.S. elections.
But as soon as Biden became president, the group started spying on Americans.
The agency said it wanted to shut down “MDM”: misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. (“Malinformation is based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate,” CISA said.)
CISA said it’s “working with federal partners” to “mature” a “whole-of-government approach” to taking down information the government doesn’t want you to see.
And it started with your social media page.
“Although the investigation is ongoing, information obtained to date has revealed that the CISA…has facilitated the censorship of Americans directly and through third-party intermediaries,” according to a joint report from the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
In 2018, the group started flagging social media posts it didn’t like to online sites like Facebook and Twitter. Elon Musk’s Twitter files exposed how domestic agencies used a special platform to ask the agency to block, delete, or shadowban certain messages—or whole accounts—that had information Deep State operatives didn’t like. They even had a term for it in their messages to one another: “switchboarding.”
The social media companies got the message loud and clear. After CISA emailed the employment website LinkedIn, an employee mocked the email to another employee: “Hey LinkedIn friends, if you ever want to know what the Regime considers to be true or false, just drop a line. We have connections…”
Not only did the agency created by the Obama-Biden administration spy on Americans and censor their opinions. According to the report, they lied to Congress about it, too.
“We don’t flag anything to social media organizations at all,” Easterly testified to Congress, under oath, on March 28.
But internal emails show they admitted privately that they began “notifying social media platforms or appropriate law enforcement officials” when they saw “voting-related disinformation” in 2018—the first election after Trump’s victory.
Eventually, the federal scrutiny got too hot, so CISA outsourced its work to a nonprofit—which it funded—called the Center for Internet Security. The abbreviations get confusing: CISA funds CIS, which runs the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC). And CISA worked with another group called the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP).
Here’s the bottom line: After CISA caught flack for censoring American’s speech, it just reported posts it didn’t like to EI-ISAC and EIP, and they contacted social media companies. So, the complaints appeared to be coming from private, nonprofit “experts” on disinformation—but really, they were coming from the government.
Amazingly, the Biden admin official tried to claim censoring Americans’ views online was as much a part of the government’s job as building roads.
“We’re in the business of critical infrastructure,” CISA Director Jen Easterly in 2021, “and the most critical infrastructure is our cognitive infrastructure.”
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Biden didn’t want to censor you; he’s just “building that resilience to misinformation and disinformation.”
That was a bridge too far for congressional Republicans.
“CISA has transformed into a domestic intelligence and speech-police agency, far exceeding its statutory authority,” says the report.
Joe Biden wants to correct every bit of misinformation spoken, written, or posted on every social media platform in the entire information superhighway—and he can’t even handle stairs.
The government should not be in the job of policing thoughtcrime or telling Americans what they can and cannot say.
The First Amendment already spells that out: U.S. citizens have the God-given right to express any opinion they please, whether Biden (or whomever really runs his administration) likes it or not.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”