The government’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been caught red-handed conspiring with left-wing activists to censor conservatives online. The Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) Cybersecurity Advisory Committee’s (CSAC) Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Misinformation and Disinformation subcommittee, tasked with combating mis- and disinformation in the 2022 midterm elections, initiated many of the discussions. Members included former Twitter chief legal officer Vijaya Gadde, left-wing academic Kate Starbird, and former DHS official Suzanne Spaulding. As well as working to suppress the truth, the subcommittee also sought resources from partisan organisations, such as the Global Disinformation Index (GDI), which has a history of censoring conservative news sites. The revelation that the government and private actors are working together in a censorship industrial complex should worry all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation.
Additionally, emails obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation show subcommittee members brainstorming on which left-wing groups and individuals connected to Democratic causes they could enlist to aid their efforts. The Committee reached out to organisations like the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder, which advocates aggressive censorship of misinformation, and a civil liberties group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as contacting billionaire activist Craig Newmark for funding anti-disinformation resource centers across the US. The involvement of these left-wing actors raises serious concerns about the government bureaucracy’s collusion with private interests to suppress political speech in keeping with their agendas.
Although the CISA denies it formally requested content removal, it does advise social media companies on what they consider dangerous information and flags disinformation examples to those platforms. As Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt, who sued the Biden administration over its alleged censorship during his time as Missouri’s attorney general, stated, the Department of Homeland Security has no place in suppressing Americans’ freedom of speech. Americans have the right to free speech and to access honest news, and it is not the government’s place to decide what they can and cannot consume.
In short, the revelation that the government’s cybersecurity infrastructure and private actors who share their interests are working together to censor and suppress conservative news and opinion for their purposes should be a worry to all liberty loving Americans. This step is another Orwellian measure by the democrats and their allies to monitor and suppress information they deem dangerous under the guise of combating misinformation.