According to numerous communications outlined in the report, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials created a “disinformation” group at Stanford University to “censor” Americans’ speech ahead of the 2020 presidential election. supported the establishment of By the House Judiciary Committee.
More information on the House of Commons panel 103 page staff interim reportemails and internal communications indicate that the group, identified as the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), is working with DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and working with major technology companies to control certain online speech. It showed how to warn, suppress, and remove it.
One such email, sent on July 31, 2020 by the top director of EIP partner Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, described CISA’s role in censorship activities. .
“While we know the Council has a lot of work to do on a wide range of election policies, we established the Election Integrity Partnership at the request of DHS/CISA,” said Graham Brookie of the institute. We are in weekly contact to report misinformation.” Senior director.
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According to the report, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said: Highlighted in a post to Xthe communications showed how “the federal government and universities pressured social media companies to censor true information, jokes, and political opinions.”
“This pressure was primarily directed toward benefiting one side of the political spectrum. True information posted by Republicans and conservatives was labeled as ‘misinformation,’ while true information posted by Democrats and liberals was labeled as ‘misinformation.’ “False information was rarely reported and was not subject to censorship.” The report noted. “Disinformation pseudoscience is, and continues to be, a political ploy that most often targets communities and individuals whose views run counter to prevailing narratives.”
The report targeted then-President Donald Trump, Sens. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, and Marjorie, R-Ga., as well as countless Americans, some right-wing media outlets, and conservative commentators whose views have been censored.・Celebrities such as Congresswoman Taylor Greene also pointed this out. and Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massey, whose social media posts were marked as “false.”
Other posts by former politicians, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, were flagged as “misinformation” by the group, according to the report.
The report further notes that under the influence of CISA’s Foreign Influences Task Force, the federal government’s efforts were to “censor Americans participating in core political discourse in the lead-up to the 2020 election.” did.
In May 2020, DHS said it could not “openly support” any type of system that flags false information, according to the report. He began this effort in July 2020, two months after his EIP at Stanford University.
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“An internal recording of a call between a Facebook employee and a Department of Homeland Security official about the ‘misinformation reporting portal’ says, ‘The Department of Homeland Security cannot publicly support this portal, but behind the scenes… It sends the following signals: [the National Association of Secretaries of State]/[the National Association of State Election Directors] He said it would be easier for many states to have “one reporting channel” and that CISA and its ISAC would like to receive information at the same time as the platform. “Then, less than two months later, he announced that the EIP would be established to serve that very purpose,” the report states.
CISA’s Foreign Influences Task Force uses a process known as “switchboarding,” and the report states that “federal governments refer social media content removal requests from state and local election officials to relevant platforms. “The practice of
“Brian Scully testified in his deposition in Missouri v. Biden that the exchange is ‘CISA’s role in forwarding reports received from election officials to social media platforms,'” the report states. ing.
Previous emails from Mr. Scully featured in the report told members of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office that Mr. Scully alerted Twitter to parody accounts. In another post, he said he had asked Facebook to remove election-related posts that appeared to be misinformation.
A disclaimer posted in some of CISA’s emails states that CISA’s requests are “voluntary” and that CISA “does not have the ability or ability to remove information published on social media platforms. “I haven’t even asked for it.”
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The judicial staff report also noted that Stanford students worked at CISA and EIP at the same time.
“Not only were a number of university students involved in EIP, but at least four of the students were employed by CISA during EIP operations and used government email accounts to communicate with CISA employees and other “external” people involved with EIP. Communicate with stakeholders. EIP,” the report states.
CISA Executive Director Brandon Wales said in a statement to FOX News Digital that CISA “does not and has never censored or promoted censorship of speech.”
“Every day, CISA employees carry out CISA’s mission to reduce risks to America’s critical infrastructure in a way that protects the free speech, civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy of Americans,” said Wales. Stated.
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“In response to concerns from election officials from all political parties about foreign influence operations and disinformation that could impact the security of election infrastructure, CISA is sharing information about election literacy and election security with the public. “A number of election officials across the country are reducing the risk of disinformation by amplifying trusted voices,” he added.
“A consortium of ‘disinformation’ scholars led by the Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) at Stanford University, in direct collaboration with the Global Engagement Center, a multi-agency organization within the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department,” EIP said in its report. It is explained. , to monitor and censor Americans’ online speech ahead of the 2020 presidential election.