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USA Censorship Act to Kill Disinformation

by Oui Mon Mar 13th, 2023 at 11:12:36 AM EST

We told you so, America is under attack from hybrid warfare, hacking and digital surveillance.

'Spineless, Corrupt, Amoral F**kwits': Matt Taibbi Rips Mainstream Media Ignoring FTC's Demand For Twitter to Out Journos

The Censorship-Industrial-Complex Must Be Broken  

On Thursday, two of those journalists testified before the subcommittee about what they found. To summarize very briefly the testimony of Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger, they found that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies were having regular meetings with Twitter and other tech platforms to impose various degrees of control over the content, as well as the accounts, permitted on social media.

They also found that U.S. taxpayers have been funding a long list of non-governmental and academic organizations that monitored social media content and sent the tech companies bulk requests for takedowns and account bans.

And they found that this censorship, funded and coordinated by the U.S. government, sought the removal not only of false information, but also of true facts that were considered unhelpful, including truthful reports of COVID-19 vaccine injuries. You can read their report on what they are calling the "Censorship-Industrial Complex" on Twitter, or find their work on Substack.com.


THREAD🧵: DHS's cyber agency CISA scrubbed its website last week to purge all reference to domestic censorship work, per @FFO_Freedom

Full report: DHS quietly purges CISA "Mis-, Dis- and Mal-information" website to remove Domestic Censorship References

Foreign Influence Operations and Disinformation US Department DHS - CISA

Foreign actors use misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation campaigns to cause chaos, confusion, and division. These malign actors are seeking to interfere with and undermine our democratic institutions and national cohesiveness.

Richard Jackson et al v. Twitter, Inc. et al | 31 Jan. 2023 |

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA

RICHARD JACKSON, JULIE BRIGGS,
and GREGG BUCHWALTER, Individually
And On Behalf Of All Others Similarly
Situated,

Plaintiffs,

v.

TWITTER, INC., a Delaware corporation; GOOGLE, LLC, a limited liability
company; ALPHABET, INC., a Delaware corporation; META PLATFORMS,
INC., a corporation doing business as "META" and "FACEBOOK, INC.";
INSTAGRAM, INC., a Delaware corporation; AMAZON INC. a Delaware
corporation; YOU TUBE, INC., a Delaware corporation; APPLE, INC., a
Delaware corporation; AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS; NATIONAL
EDUCATION ASSOCIATION; NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION;
DNC SERVICES CORPORATION, a corporation doing business nationwide
as "THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE" OR "DNC,"

Defendants.
_________

  1. At all times herein mentioned, Defendant the Democratic National Committee (the "DNC"), the federal government and in particular, the Biden Administration, aided and abetted by the "mainstream media," colluded with and/or coerced social media companies, internet retailers and distributors, public school teacher unions and school board associations, including the private party defendants named and described herein, to suppress and censor disfavored speakers, viewpoints and content on social media platforms and/or barred them from the public square by falsely labeling content "dis-information," "misinformation," and "mal-information" (hereinafter the "Censorship Scheme").

  2. Plaintiffs allege that the DNC and the Biden Administration's "weaponized" federal agencies - including the Department of Justice ("DOJ"), Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), Center for Disease Control ("CDC"), Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), Department of Health ("DOH"), Department of Education ("DOE"), State Department and Department of Defense ("DOD") - relying on public fear caused by the Covid 19 Pandemic, lockdowns and health concerns - unnecessarily closed public schools, shut down services from essential service providers and other private public businesses and threatened other adverse government action to coerce and direct the private-party defendants herein to do that which the Constitution prohibits the government from doing directly - namely, to censor and suppress lawfully protected speech and communications of disfavored (primarily conservative or Republican Party) speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms.

  3. The vast Censorship Scheme's tentacles have reached as far as the internet retailer defendants, including Apple, Inc. ("Apple") and Amazon, Inc. ("Amazon"), who refused and continue to refuse to distribute books, articles, movies, audios and other communications written or published by conservative or "disfavored" speakers under the direction of the federal government and the Biden Administration's Orwellian guise of "misinformation."

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RussiaGate Laid to Rest by DOJ

US Federal Agencies and Civil Liberties


The BBC and The Censorship Industrial Complex

See my diary about Gary Lineker and BBC Corp. Impartiality demand.

Universal Criticism Asylum Threshold EU Fortress

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 16th, 2023 at 07:16:06 PM EST
Twitter Files show media, Dems relied on single source alleging 'Russian bot' activity: 'It was a scam'

Taibbi did a deep dive into their source, Hamilton 68, a so-called "dashboard" that purportedly monitored Russian bot activity.

Hamilton 68, which was spearheaded by former FBI special agent and MSNBC contributor Clint Watts, was operated by the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD), a "neoliberal think tank" founded in 2017 with an advisory council that includes Clinton ally John Podesta, former Obama-era acting CIA director Michael Morrell, former Obama official Michael McFaul and The Bulwark editor-at-large Bill Kristol.

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"In layman's terms, the Hamilton 68 barely had any Russians. In fact, apart from a few RT accounts, it's mostly full of ordinary Americans, Canadians, and British," Taibbi wrote. "It was a scam. Instead of tracking how 'Russia' influenced American attitudes, Hamilton 68 simply collected a handful of mostly real, mostly American accounts, and described their organic conversations as Russian scheming."

According to a January 2018 email exchange, Roth sounded the alarm of the ethical dilemma Twitter had faced, writing "Real people need to know they've been unilaterally labeled Russian stooges without evidence or recourse."

"My recommendation at this stage is an ultimatum: you release the list or we do," Roth wrote in January 2018.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 16th, 2023 at 07:25:32 PM EST
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Also covered @MoA



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 16th, 2023 at 07:28:31 PM EST
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Garbage In, Garbage Out: Tech Journalism, Fake News and the Russia Threat Narrative | Jan. 31, 2018 |

    "At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question ... Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness."

    George Orwell, 1945, `The Freedom of the Press'

Outside of the debate on net neutrality, towards the end of Obama's second term, a confluence of factors -- relating predominantly to the 2016 presidential election and to America's foreign policy -- were already creating an environment in which the suppression of free speech and anti-establishment views was not only possible, but was becoming widely accepted and normalized. During the net neutrality tumult, it became apparent that those who expressed their outrage the loudest avoided going against the establishment to decry the concurrent issue of online political dissent being restricted by government and corporations. Today, widespread suppression of oppositional analysis and independent media remains unfettered.

While most of what occurs in regard to recent changes shows up on the radar of tech writers, there is no analysis of the kind that you see with independent anti-establishment sources. Across tech and popular culture platforms, commentators were not actively calling attention to Google's de-ranking of RT and the manipulating of search results to restrict or block access to socialist and left-wing websites. Nor was there outcry over Twitter banning RT and Sputnik from advertising on its service. Senate Judiciary hearings, interrogating Google, Facebook, and Twitter over Russians using their services, did not receive the kind of in-depth analyses that would show a worrying concern for the dystopian nature of the event; instead tech outlets repeated a generic report of the affair as something that was definitely extremely interesting, but not because it might somehow set a sinister precedent.

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Stenography journalism is one thing, but to see Russophobic hysteria really take hold on these platforms then look to the in-depth analyses on Russia's technological capabilities as it wages its sophisticated warfare on unfortunate Westerners. For this there is Wired and MIT Technology Review. This is when the narrative states that 'their' intelligence agencies are dangerous whereas 'our' intelligence agencies are benign; and the focus must be on 'their' war crimes instead of on 'our' war crimes.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 16th, 2023 at 07:32:56 PM EST

Hybrid Warfare: UK Statecraft Integrity Initiative | @BooMan on Dec 26, 2018 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 11:58:39 AM EST
Concord Management Used Discovery for Disinformation Campaign, Mueller Says | Lawfare blog - Jan.30, 2019 |

The special counsel's office has filed a memorandum in U.S. v. Concord Management and Consulting, LLC in opposition to Concord's motion to disclose documents identified as "sensitive" by the Special Counsel to certain Concord officers and employees. The memo alleges that subsequent investigations into Concord have "revealed that certain non-sensitive discovery materials in the defense's possession appear to have been altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign" apparently aimed at discrediting the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 11:59:10 AM EST
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Justice Dept. Moves to Drop Charges Against Russian Firms Filed by Mueller | NY Times - March 16, 2020 |

The companies funded Russia's social media-fueled interference in the 2016 election, prosecutors said. But they tried to weaponize the case instead of fight it.

With the case set to go to trial next month, prosecutors recommended that the Justice Department drop the charges to preserve national security interests and prevent Russia from weaponizing delicate American law enforcement information, according to the official. The prosecutors also weighed the benefits of securing a guilty verdict against the companies, which cannot be meaningfully punished in the United States, against the risk of exposing national security secrets in order to win in court.

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The charges against Concord were part of the special counsel's first major look at Russia's election interference campaign in 2016. The companies were established to finance a wide-ranging scheme to steal the identities of American citizens and pose as political activists to exacerbate the nation's divisions over immigration, religion and race to manipulate voters and inflame tensions, prosecutors said.

Investigators for the special counsel's office determined that the Internet Research Agency and Concord Management and Consulting were tools of the Russian state, acting at the direction of the Kremlin. Their internet trolls, centered in St. Petersburg, Russia, aimed to suppress Democratic turnout by targeting African-American voters and sought to provoke voters on the right.

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As the 2020 campaign ramps up, American officials have said that Russia is again working to inflame racial tensions, including by inciting violence by white supremacist groups.



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 11:59:49 AM EST
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Social Engineering in the Digital Cyber Age | Dec. 30, 2017 |

The importance of the U.S. Presidential election and how difficult it will be to maintain democratic values.

In my analysis, the U.S. Election 2016 was unprecedented in malevolent intervention from Intelligence agencies from major world powers. The nations of the Asian continent have undoubtedly worked hard in hacking and cyber crimes on an equal basis as the Western world.

More and more, there is more than meets the eye in the whole #Russiagate affair of deception, espionage, smoke and mirrors. My belief there were people set-up around the original Republican funded Trump dossier. There were fall guys introduced, an FBI mole within the Trump campaign HQ and the bogus and poorly documented Steel dossier that was actually written and produced by Fusion GPS.

The Mueller investigation should focus on the role Fusion GPS played, the main characters Glenn Simpson and his spouse Jacoby.

Originally the Trump opposition dossier was funded by intrigant Paul Singer and a source within the Emirates (Abu Dhabi). The UAE has worked hand in glove with the Saudi regime in Yemen and in the Syrian civil war. Now the Gulf States (minus Qatar) have been cooperation with Israeli intelligence to turn US foreign policy in their favor and contribute all terror to the Islamic State of Iran.

The Democrats Anti-Russia Campaign Falls Apart | MoA - March 14, 2017 |

Related reading ...

U.S. Intelligence: Lying Liars and Warmongers

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 10th, 2023 at 12:00:56 PM EST
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Obfuscation by UK and US Intelligence is just too powerful for the well willing analyst to grasp without a whistleblower or some sort of insider leak.



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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 12th, 2023 at 06:27:05 PM EST
The DNC hack, HRC election loss, US intelligence community in high gear to destruct the Trump presidency ... all in a nutshell 🤣

Case 1:18-cv-03501-JGK Document 216 Filed 01/17/19 Page 1 of 111

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 12th, 2023 at 06:30:40 PM EST
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