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US cyber agency keeping ‘Ministry of Truth’ work alive, leaks say – RT World News


A little-known agency within the US Department of Homeland Security is on a slippery slope of censorship

Partially redacted meeting minutes of the cybersecurity advisory committee advising the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), an agency of the US Department of Homeland Security, were obtained by The Intercept.

Documents reveal attempts to confuse the need to protect Americans”critical infrastructure” of what the committee repeatedly describes as threats of “disinformation” – or rather, “Misinformation, misinformation and misinformation (MDM)”. The meeting notes describe the telecommunications infrastructure (which would include the Internet) and the public health care infrastructure as needing to be protected against misspoken words. Essentially, it continues the work of the short-lived and controversial Disinformation Governance Council, which earned it the unenviable nickname “Ministry of Truth.”

The articles focus on tackling unestablished narratives related to the origins and vaccines of Covid-19, racial justice, the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and US involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. It also reveals the existence of a back channel allowing Homeland Security to communicate its desire to boost or censor certain messages on Facebook and Instagram.

The nature of these targeted online narratives for government protection from “disinformation” just happen to coincide with those that evoke a ton of legitimate reviews. When the government gets directly involved in narrative policing under the guise of “infrastructure protection, it is a dubious pretext that should raise serious concerns about government overreach at the expense of freedom of expression and the flow of information.

No one blows up the internet with mere words. No one is derailing the public health system by debating Covid-related science propagated by the government, even if it later turns out to be indeed misinformed or questionable. Remember, for example, when Western officials including US President Joe Biden said the vaccine would prevent infection and transmission – and anyone who said otherwise was full of it? Or when the US government spent the better part of two decades repeating that the US was winning in Afghanistan – until the US withdrew and the Taliban took over the country? Or how about the claim that the United States was not directly involved in the conflict with Russia in Ukraine – until the Pentagon confirmed the deployment of American troops in Ukraine, but not in frontline combat operations. “We have been very clear that there are no combat forces in Ukraine, no American forces carrying out combat operations in Ukraine, these are personnel who are assigned to cooperation and assistance in matters security as part of the defense attaché’s office,” he added. Pentagon Force Press Secretary Brig. said General Pat Ryder.

But based on the rules set by this online disinformation police agency, anyone who dares to reveal evidence, information or observations contrary to what the US government was willing to admit as part of the official narrative could plausibly be considered as a peddler of false information. History has shown, however, that they often turned out to be correct.

Across the pond, French President Emmanuel Macron was recently asked in an interview with French state media about Russian media remaining accessible in France via online platforms despite state censorship. Referring to the bans, Macron said, “We use the informational weapon.” As in the United States, it looks like Macron is admitting that the state is using censorship as a weapon against stories and information that go against their own. Apparently, the public’s right to be fully informed and to form their own opinion about what is happening in the world can simply be ignored as collateral damage.

It’s now becoming commonplace for the West “democracy” to use the state’s law enforcement apparatus to ensure its propaganda goes unchallenged online and offline.

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It will be interesting to see how well this goes with new Twitter CEO Elon Musk waging a war on censorship on multiple fronts. Musk was asked in March to block Russian news sources on his Starlink satellite network. “We will only do this at gunpoint. Sorry to be a free speech absolutist,” he replied. Musk was also openly reminded by EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, following his recent speech on restoring free speech, that the platform would be forced to abide by bloc rules governing speech. public. And clearly these are not very free.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is now calling for a US government investigation into the financial involvement of Saudi Arabia, Musk’s second-largest Twitter investor, in the platform. Interestingly, no one seemed to care that the Saudis had invested in Twitter long before Musk arrived. Or as governments Murphy calls “repressive” have cash flow in Hollywood and US media as advertisers. And that money conveniently had no particular color or citizenship until Musk took over by promising to reclaim free speech. Now all of a sudden this US official is pulling out the old hammer of foreign interference to use against Musk.

If Musk stood up against censorship perpetrated by a regime the West didn’t like, he would be invited to sit next to First Lady Jill during Biden’s upcoming State of the Union address. Instead, US government agencies are increasingly guilty of the same type of repression for which they are so quick to criticize others.

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