Tag Archives: censorship

Destroying Western Values To Defend Western Values, by Caitlin Johnstone

America has been destroying morality to save it for a long time. From Caitlin Johnstone.com:

So it turns out the US intelligence cartel has been working intimately with online platforms to regulate the “cognitive infrastructure” of the population. This is according to a new investigative report by The Intercept, based on documents obtained through leaks and an ongoing lawsuit, on the “retooling” of the Department of Homeland Security from an agency focused on counterterrorism to one increasingly focused on fighting “misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation” online.

While the DHS’s hotly controversial “Disinformation Governance Board” was shut down in response to public outcry, the Intercept report reveals what authors Lee Fang and Ken Klippenstein describe as “an expansive effort by the agency to influence tech platforms” in order to “curb speech it considers dangerous”:

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.”

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The Consortium Imposing the Growing Censorship Regime — and Our New Live, Prime-Time Rumble Program, by Glenn Greenwald

Despite the occasional setback or two, the drive for censorship continues unabated. From Glenn Greenwald at greenwald.substack.com:

We are launching a new live, one-hour, prime-time news broadcast. Armed with cable-sized budgets, it will be part of a network that Russell Brand has already debuted.

Clockwise from top left: UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology speaks during the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum in Dubai, on March 28, 2022 (Photo by KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images); U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images); Google headquarters (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images); The Comcast/NBC Universal building in Los Angeles, CA (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images);

The rapid escalation of online censorship, and increasingly offline censorship, cannot be overstated. The silencing tactic that has most commonly provoked attention and debate is the banning of particular posts or individuals by specific social media platforms. But the censorship regime that has been developed, and which is now rapidly escalating, extends far beyond those relatively limited punishments.

The Consortium of State and Corporate Power

There has been some reporting — by me and others — on the new and utterly fraudulent “disinformation” industry. This newly minted, self-proclaimed expertise, grounded in little more than crude political ideology, claims the right to officially decree what is “true” and “false” for purposes of, among other things, justifying state and corporate censorship of what its “experts” decree to be “disinformation.” The industry is funded by a consortium of a small handful of neoliberal billionaires (George Soros and Pierre Omidyar) along with U.S., British and EU intelligence agencies. These government-and-billionaire-funded “anti-disinformation” groups often masquerade under benign-sounding names: The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab, Bellingcat, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. They are designed to cast the appearance of apolitical scholarship, but their only real purpose is to provide a justifying framework to stigmatize, repress and censor any thoughts, views and ideas that dissent from neoliberal establishment orthodoxy. It exists, in other words, to make censorship and other forms of repression appear scientific rather than ideological.

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If You Liked Big Brother, Meet Google’s Big MUM, by Daniel Greenfield

Google is working hard to make sure you don’t get any unapproved truth. From Daniel Greenfield at gatestoneinstitute.org:

  • Google first unleashed MUM to fight what it considered COVID “misinformation” by making sure that everyone saw “high quality and timely information from trusted health authorities like the World Health Organization”. By reducing the number of sources to only those that agree with its agenda, Google is able to deliver fast results while getting rid of different points of view.
  • Google long ago ceased being a way to find different answers and its search results are deliberately repetitive. Search is an illusion. The user thinks that he’s browsing the internet when he’s actually spinning his wheels in Google’s walled garden.
  • Or as Pandu Nayak, VP of search at Google, wrote in a recent post, “By using our latest AI model, Multitask Unified Model (MUM), our systems can now understand the notion of consensus, which is when multiple high-quality sources on the web all agree on the same fact.”
  • Google disagrees with many of its users about what “reliable sources” or “high-quality sources” entail.
  • In 2022, Google’s search is hopelessly broken because the company no longer has any interest in providing the search service that made it a monopoly, giving a ranked list of diverse results, but wants everyone to speak into their phones and receive a single answer. The consensus.
  • If you own an advanced Android phone, you may find that Google Assistant will interrupt conversations to offer its own “insights”. Google is also pursuing “prebunking” of what it considers “misinformation” with preemptive propaganda campaigns.

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Fauci, Biden Officials Ordered To Be Deposed In Social Media Collusion Case, by Tyler Durden

Will weasel Fauci finally have to testify under oath and face hostile cross-examination? What a beautiful thing that would be. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

A federal judge on Friday ordered Dr. Anthony Fauci, former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, and other officials from the Biden administration and the FBI, to testify under oath at depositions in a lawsuit over alleged collusion to censor information on social media during the pandemic.

District Court Judge Terry Doughty granted a request by the National Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) for depositions in the lawsuit, State of Missouri ex rel. Schmitt, et al. v. Biden, et al.

The NCLA joined the states’ lawsuit in August, representing renowned epidemiologists Drs. Jayanta Bhattacharya and Martin Kulldorff, as well as Dr. Aaron Kheriaty and Jill Hines.

Earlier interrogatories in this lawsuit identified 45 federal officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the CDC, Dr. Fauci’s NIAID, the Office of the Surgeon General, and others who communicated with social media companies about “misinformation” and censorship.

The plaintiffs believe those named have specific individual details by virtue of their position. For example, CDC Chief of the Digital Media Branch Carol Crawford leads the agency’s digital media activities. Interrogatory responses revealed Crawford was holding regular “Be On the Lookout” meetings with staff from the social media companies. In these meetings, attendees reviewed specific social media posts containing “misinformation.”PJ Media

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All of Us Are in Danger: When Anti-Government Speech Becomes Sedition, by John and Nisha Whitehead

Without fail, governments will move to restrict speech as they move towards totalitarianism. From John and Nisha Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“If you can’t say ‘F@#k’ you can’t say, ‘F@#k’ the government.’”— Lenny Bruce, comedian

Anti-government speech has become a four-letter word.

In more and more cases, the government is declaring war on what should be protected political speech whenever it challenges the government’s power, reveals the government’s corruption, exposes the government’s lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government’s many injustices.

Indeed, there is a long and growing list of the kinds of speech that the government considers dangerous enough to red flag and subject to censorship, surveillance, investigation and prosecution: hate speech, conspiratorial speech, treasonous speech, threatening speech, inflammatory speech, radical speech, anti-government speech, extremist speech, etc.

Things are about to get even dicier for those who believe in fully exercising their right to political expression.

Indeed, the government’s seditious conspiracy charges against Stewart Rhodes, the founder of Oath Keepers, and several of his associates for their alleged involvement in the January 6 Capitol riots puts the entire concept of anti-government political expression on trial.

Enacted during the Civil War to prosecute secessionists, seditious conspiracy makes it a crime for two or more individuals to conspire to “‘overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force’ the U.S. government, or to levy war against it, or to oppose by force and try to prevent the execution of any law.”

It’s a hard charge to prove, and the government’s track record hasn’t been the greatest.

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Biden Admin Showered Millions On Government’s ‘Misinformation’ Czars After 2020 Election, by Tyler Durden

How to end-run the First Amendment. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

The Biden administration awarded millions of federal dollars to members of four private groups that worked with the departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State during the 2020 election to censor social media posts they deemed ‘misinformation’ – according to an in-depth analysis of documents obtained by Just the News.

The four groups in question – Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO), the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, and social media analytics firm Graphika – comprise the “Election Integrity Partnership,” which exists as a ‘concierge-like’ service for federal agencies such as Homeland’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and State’s Global Engagement Center to flag online content for censorship or monitoring by Big Tech using a “ticket” system.

Unsurprisingly, the head of Stanford’s Internet Observatory is a Clinton donor who previously served as Facebook’s Head of Security – while the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public is largely funded by the Knight Foundation, whose board exclusively contributes to Demorat or Neocon entities (a few examples here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here).

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New Zealand Prime Minister Calls For A Global Censorship System, by Jonathan Turley

This lady needs censoring, big time. From Jonathan Turley at jonathanturley.org:

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the latest liberal leader to call for an international alliance to censor speech. Unsatisfied with the unprecedented corporate censorship of social media companies, leaders like Hillary Clinton have turned from private censorship to good old-fashioned state censorship. Speech regulation has become an article of faith on the left. Ardern used her speech this week to the United Nations General Assembly to call for censorship on a global scale.

Ardern lashed out at “disinformation” and called for a global coalition to control speech. After nodding toward free speech, she proceeded to lay out a plan for its demise through government regulation:

But what if that lie, told repeatedly, and across many platforms, prompts, inspires, or motivates others to take up arms. To threaten the security of others. To turn a blind eye to atrocities, or worse, to become complicit in them. What then?

This is no longer a hypothetical. The weapons of war have changed, they are upon us and require the same level of action and activity that we put into the weapons of old.

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Suppress, Silence, Skew and Censor, by Robert W. Malone, MD, MS

What medical professionals who tried to tell the truth about Covid and the vaccines have been up against. From Robert W. Malone at rwmalonemd.substack.com:

Propaganda, skewed study results and psyops, what could go wrong?

Suppressing Scientific Discourse on Vaccines? Self-perceptions of researchers and practitioners

HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum: An Interprofessional Journal on Healthcare Institutions’ Ethical and Legal Issues

HEC Forum May, 2022

Abstract

The controversy over vaccines has recently intensified in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with calls from politicians, health professionals, journalists, and citizens to take harsh measures against so-called “anti-vaxxers,” while accusing them of spreading “fake news” and as such, of endangering public health. However, the issue of suppression of vaccine dissenters has rarely been studied from the point of view of those who raise concerns about vaccine safety.

The purpose of the present study was to examine the subjective perceptions of professionals (physicians, nurses, researchers) involved with vaccines through practice and/or research and who take a critical view on vaccines, about what they perceive as the suppression of dissent in the field of vaccines, their response to it, and its potential implications on science and medicine.

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Living in the Fact Checkers’ paradise, by Good Citizen

The people fact checking for disinformation come from the same groups that notoriously peddle disinformation. It’s a Soviet-style situation. From Good Citizen at thegoodcitizen.substack.com:

Most people still don’t know the real sources of disinformation.

 
 

The Internet is effectively dead. It has no pulse. They put it on global disinformation remdesivir fact-checking drip and murdered it.

But Good Citizen, what about Substack and the direct-to-inbox newsletter format?!

For how much longer? (Knocks on wood)

One paid subscriber (Hi Ed. Maybe?), who helped create the pensioner discount subscription option, recently said Hotmail was stuffing his spam folder with my emails. He hadn’t seen one in weeks.

How long until Gmail follows? How long until the government leans on all of these pantywaist nerd factories and just starts deleting them right when they hit your inbox?

Maybe the government can do what it does best and destroy it all by incentivizing censorship the same way they incentivized death at hospitals. $10 per blocked email address? $50,000 per banned newsletter? Congress can kick it off with the INTERNET CARES Act.

PayPal is now ditching Substackers after half a decade of targeting anyone to the right of Occasional-Cortex’s Met Gala dress train holder. Bank of America dropped Trump voters who sniffed out election fraud. Wells Fargo is too good for adult film stars who woke one day recently to find all their banking services deleted. Yes, the same Wells Fargo that created millions of fake accounts without customers’ permission and laundered billions in Mexican cartel drug money.

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Shutting Women Up: Emails Between White House and Big Tech Focus on Social Media Warnings of mRNA Vaccination Damage to Menstruation. Did WH Censor Harms to Women? By Dr. Naomi Wolf

Not a good idea to try and shut Dr. Naomi Wolf up. From Wolf at naomiwolf.substack.com:

My Accurate Tweet Warning of Menstrual Damage post-mRNA Vaccination Appears in Lawsuit’s Discovery.

“NEW EVIDENCE UNCOVERED IN A LAWSUIT’S DISCOVERY SUGGESTS THE WHITE HOUSE ORDERED THE TARGETING-DEPLATFORMING-CENSORING OF DR. NAOMI WOLF

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2022

THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH STRIKES AGAIN – THEY CAN RUN FOR COVER – BUT THEY CANNOT HIDE FROM MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC SCHMITT  or DR. NAOMI WOLF

Dr. Naomi Wolf is a Best-Selling Author and The CEO of Daily Clout

BACKGROUND:

‘On MAY 5TH 2022 Plaintiffs (Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on behalf of State of Missouri ET AL) filed a complaint [Doc. No. 1] against Government Defendants. In the Complaint and Amended Complaint [Doc. No. 45], Plaintiffs allege Government Defendants have colluded with and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms ‘disinformation’, ‘misinformation’ and ‘malinformation. Plaintiffs allege the suppression of disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and contents constitutes government action and violates Plaintiffs’ freedom of speech in violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.’

STATEMENT FROM DR. WOLF:

“Today my lawyers submitted a new court filing (see below) with additional documents that show how the executive branch of our federal government worked with Twitter to silence me for asking questions about the Covid-19 vaccines. These documents also appear to show that the censorship project between Twitter and the executive branch began inside the White House. Nobody should be retaliated against for exercising her First Amendment rights. Thank you to Missouri AG Eric Schmitt and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry for working to obtain these documents. I will continue fighting to protect my rights and the rights of all Americans to speak their minds and ask tough questions.”

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