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John Kiriakou: Biden’s Orwellian ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ and Other Assaults on Free Press

From the announcement of the Biden Administration's new “Disinformation Governance Board" to NewsGuard's "Disinformation Fingerprints" project, free speech is under attack in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seal stands at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

By John Kiriakou / Original to ScheerPost

The past two weeks have seen blows against freedom of speech for independent news outlets and, indeed, for all Americans. I’m not being hyperbolic here. There are real threats to our freedom of speech against which we ought to mobilize.. 

First, the Biden Administration named something called a “Disinformation Governance Board,” housed in the Department of Homeland Security, whose job will supposedly be to “standardize the treatment of disinformation by the agencies it oversees.” That means that the government will be the final arbiter of what disinformation is. It will decide what we can and can’t read. At least that’s the plan. 

Republicans were furious with the announcement, with Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) telling Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at a Senate hearing last week, “This is an awful idea, and you ought to disband it.” Twenty state attorneys general have already threatened to sue the Biden Administration and are calling for it to “immediately disband” the Board and to “cease all efforts to police Americans’ protected speech.” 

For his part, Mayorkas, in that Senate hearing, said that the Disinformation Governance Board would protect the country from foreign disinformation tied to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and war. When it became clear that senators weren’t buying that, he said that the Board would help to combat human trafficking, a non-sequitur from which he quickly walked back. Senator James Lankford (R-OK) said, “We don’t have a definition for what the Board is. We don’t have boundaries on what it does. Why should we not have suspicions about this?” And when it became obvious that Mayorkas wasn’t getting any love even from Democrats, he admitted that the Board had no charter and no mission statement. 

Mayorkas never even bothered to raise the appointment of Nina Jankowicz as the Disinformation Governance Board’s chairman. She’s the hyper-partisan author of two books, “How to Be a Woman Online: Surviving Abuse and Harassment” and “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict,” a former Fulbright-Clinton Scholar who oversaw programs for Russia and Belarus for the National Democratic Institute. 

She has also courted controversy with her social media posts, saying previously that the Hunter Biden laptop was “a Trump campaign product.” This was patently false and was, in fact, disinformation promoted by the Democratic National Committee. She also endorsed a podcast appearance by Christopher Steele, the discredited author of the so-called Steele Dossier, alleging Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. And commenting about Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter, she said, “I shudder to think about, if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would be like for the marginalized communities around the world, which are already shouldering so much abuse, disproportionate amounts of abuse.” So disinformation doesn’t count when it matches your own political agenda, while free speech is actually a bad thing? 

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Disinformation Governance Board is short-lived. But I also don’t think it’s the most immediate threat to our freedom of speech. That comes from purportedly

private companies that take government money, name former government big-wigs to their boards, and then, feigning independence, crack down on alternative media that don’t tout the government narrative. I’m talking about a dangerous new organization called NewsGuard. 

NewsGuard is a private company created and run by Steven Brill and L. Gordon Crovitz. Brill founded CourtTV, as well as a number of publications. He is also a former columnist at Newsweek and Reuters. Crovitz is a former editorial writer and later publisher of the Wall Street Journal, and the former vice president for planning at Dow Jones. These men have fine journalistic credentials. But that’s not where my complaint lies. My complaint is that NewsGuard issues what it calls “trust ratings” for news. The company brags on its website that these ratings are “produced by humans, not AI” (Artificial Intelligence.) It offers something called “Misinformation Fingerprints” to tell you when you are consuming what the company has determined to be disinformation. They market this as a “journalistic solution to online misinformation,” and they claim “partnerships” with the Departments of State and Defense, Microsoft, Apple, and other tech giants, although the nature of those partnerships is not clear. We do know, however, that the Pentagon last year gave NewsGuard $750,000 for access to its “Disinformation Fingerprints” project, which it described in the contract as “a catalog of known hoaxes, lies, and disinformation stories spreading online.” 

Their team of human beings rates alternative media sites all over the world and gives them a score of 0-100. These scores are based on the following list of criteria: Does not repeatedly publish false content (22 points); Gathers and presents information responsibly (18 points); Regularly corrects or clarifies errors (12.5 points); Handles the difference between news and opinion responsibly (12.5 points); Avoids deceptive headlines (10 points); Discloses ownership and financing (7.5 points); Clearly labels advertising (7.5 points); Reveals who’s in charge, including possible conflicts of interest (5 points); Provides names of content creators and their contact or biographical information (5 points). A score 60 points or more gives a site a “green” label. But a score below 60 points gives the site a dreaded “red” label. 

So who are these brilliant and unbiased human beings who get to decide if what we read is real news or disinformation? One of them is Michael Hayden. The name should ring a bell. Hayden is a retired four-star general who was the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) on September 11, 2001. He was the guy who immediately implemented a massive program of warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, all in the name of “national security.” Hayden later became director of the CIA, where he oversaw the agency’s illegal, immoral, and unethical torture, kidnapping, and secret prison programs. He’s also a former principal deputy director of National Intelligence, as if he hadn’t already done enough damage to the country. More recently, Hayden was a signatory on an open letter full of disinformation and outright lies that indicated that the Hunter Biden laptop was a “Russian intelligence operation.” That was laughable even before Hunter Biden stated publicly that the laptop was his. 

Another one of NewGuard’s “advisors” is former Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Tom Ridge. It was Ridge who implemented the notorious Patriot Act in 2001 and the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which severely restricted Americans’ civil liberties. Those restrictions last to this day. It was also Ridge who was the subject of a lawsuit in 2004 by Canadian national Maher Arar. Arar was a university professor in Toronto who had gone on vacation to Tunisia in 2002. On his way back to Toronto, while changing planes in New York, he was snatched by FBI agents at the request of the CIA, and with the cooperation of DHS agents, and sent to Syria, where he was tortured mercilessly for 10 months. The US maintained that he had “connections” to al-Qaeda, allegations that were never proven. The Syrians finally informed the US that, despite the fact that Arar had been forced to sign a confession, he had no information about al-Qaeda. He was simply the wrong guy. Arar was released and finally returned to Toronto. Nothing ever came of his suit against Tom Ridge and others. Ridge cited “national security” to have it dismissed. 

Another of NewsGuard’s eminent advisors is Anders Rasmussen, the former prime minister of Denmark and former secretary general of NATO. It was Rasmussen who sent Danish troops into Iraq to look for weapons of mass destruction that never existed. And as the leader of NATO, it was Rasmussen who oversaw NATO’s wars in Afghanistan and Libya. In 2014, this champion of transparency and opponent of disinformation told the Chatham House think tank, “I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organizations—environmental organizations working against shale gas—to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas.” Yes, he actually said, with no evidence or proof whatsoever, that environmentalists oppose fracking only because the Russians have tricked them into it. 

I know many of these people. Washington is a small town. Having spent 15 years at the CIA and another two-and-a-half on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee staff, I’ve gotten to know a lot of the players in government. I can tell you that they are as cynical and as dangerous as they seem. They are also the hypocrites they appear to be. Their thirst for power, and, once they have that, money, is exactly what you would expect of sociopaths who have climbed to the top of their fields on the backs of those around them. Keep in mind that these “arbiters of truth” are the same men who have led us into false wars, who have gleefully violated even the most basic human rights and civil liberties, and who have made untold riches doing it. We must not trust them. After all, they think so little of us that they won’t respect the constitutional rights and freedoms that are not even theirs to take away. I, for one, will not take my orders from the likes of Mike Hayden, Tom Ridge, Anders Rasmussen, or the former corporate journalists who employ them. 

NewsGuard recently launched a battle against independent news sites like Consortium News, Antiwar.com, Greyzone, and MintPress News. In the case of Consortium News, for which I write on a regular basis, NewGuard’s initial email accused the outlet of categorically “publishing false content.” The NewsGuard employee making the accusation had only one previous job in journalism. It was as a science reporter for two years for a company that no longer exists. That’s it. That’s the extent of his experience in journalism. But it’s up to him to decide if Consortium News is worthy of existing as a journalistic outlet. Antiwar.com is going through the same experience. A source who works there said that NewsGuard is demanding that they now explain conclusions that they published in articles more than 10 years ago. This source said

Antiwar.com is no longer willing to fight Newsguard’s likely “red label” designation. And Greyzone founder Max Blumenthal recently said on the Jimmy Dore Show that he wears NewsGuard’s red label as a “badge of honor.” 

As bad as all this is, NewsGuard and the government’s silly Disinformation Governance Board aren’t the only problems that independent journalism sites are currently facing. PayPal last week canceled the Consortium News account and, at least temporarily, seized its funds. (It finally released the funds after three days, but said that the account itself would be suspended permanently.) PayPal gave no warning or reason for the action and there was no due process or appeal. PayPal took the action on the first day of Consortium News’s biannual fundraising drive. MintPress News’ PayPal account also was suspended. 

Consortium News is one of the country’s most highly-respected independent news sources. It was founded in 1995 by journalist Robert Parry, who gained fame at the Associated Press, and later at Newsweek, for his role in uncovering the Iran-Contra affair and for breaking the story of CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking. Parry was a winner of the prestigious George Polk Award for National Reporting and of the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, bestowed by Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation. 

Its board of directors includes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, foreign policy author Diana Johnstone, Black Agenda Report editor Margaret Kimberley, political consultant Garland Nixon, United Nations Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe communications director Nat Parry, documentary filmmaker John Pilger, award-winning investigative journalist Gareth Porter, producer and Academy Award nominee Julie Bergman Sender, 2012 Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein, and this author. 

These latest developments are more than a few odd organizations seeking to be players in the information space. This is a full-on threat to freedom of speech. NewsGuard is a throwback to the thought police in new clothes, a descendent of the mindset that cast peaceful, anti-war protestors Eugene V. Debs and Bernard Russell into prison during World War I. It’s one thing to flag statements of fact for proven falsity. It is quite another to cast aspersions on interpretations of facts that do not align with those of NewsGuard or the government to poison the minds of readers. 

The latter is a form of censorship unfaithful to a free marketplace of ideas celebrated by the founders of this great nation. Indeed, as John Stuart Mill elaborated in “On Liberty,” both correct and wrongheaded ideas advance the search for truth: “If the opinion is right, [members of the public] are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”  

Independent voices must be heard. Freedom of speech and press were among the basic tenets upon which this country was founded. We should all be willing to fight to keep those freedoms.

And now we have to take that fight to private corporations and even to our own government. Are we guarding the news against misinformation, or are we guarding the country from the news?

John Kiriakou

John Kiriakou is a former CIA analyst and case officer, former senior investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former counterterrorism consultant. While employed by the CIA, he was involved in critical counterterrorism missions following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but refused to be trained in so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.” After leaving the CIA, Kiriakou appeared on ABC News in an interview with Brian Ross, during which he became the first former CIA officer to confirm that the agency waterboarded detainees and label waterboarding as torture. Kiriakou’s interview revealed that this practice was not just the result of a few rogue agents, but was official U.S. policy approved at the highest levels of the government.

30 comments

  1. Independent voices, uhh?

    Here, McLuhan:

    Once we have surrendered our senses and nervous systems to the private manipulation of those who would try to benefit from taking a lease on our eyes and ears and nerves, we don’t really have any rights left. Leasing our eyes and ears and nerves to commercial interests is like handing over the common speech to a private corporation, or like giving the earth’s atmosphere to a company as a monopoly. (Marshall McLuhan rocketed from an unknown academic to rockstar with the publication of Understanding Media: The Extensions of Manin 1964.)

    The scale of the internet has become; every minute on the internet:

    Netflix users stream 404,444 hours of video

    Instagram users post 347,222 stories

    YouTube users upload 500 hours of video

    Consumers spend $1,000,000 online

    LinkedIn users apply for 69,444 jobs

    TikTok is installed 2,704 times

    Venmo users send $239,196 worth of payments

    Spotify adds 28 tracks to its music library

    Amazon ships 6,659 packages

    WhatsApp users send 41,666,667 messages

    And 1,388,889 people make video and voice calls

    Every minute. American adults spend over 11 hours interacting with digital media every day. Daily media consumption on mobile has grown 6x from 45 minutes in 2011 to 4 hours and 12 minutes in 2021.

    +–+

    More here, on reality privileged:

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2022/05/reality-privileged-orwell-huxley-mcluhan-on-steroids/

  2. “The war waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the [hierarchical] structure of society intact”. Orwell, ‘1984’.

    ‘Both Conservatives and Labour Party figures in UK, their US ‘Atlantic Bridge’ counterparts in the Republican GOP and Democrat DNC and their fascist puppets globally – most notably within the Anglosphere ‘Five Eyes’ media-intelligence apparatus – are all cornered. And the only way ‘The Party’ can dig their way out of their own hole and get away with what they’ve already done and what they intended to do – is by starting a major war. Regardless of pretext, US & UK militarisation is inevitable.’ #TickTockTroops

    ‘A Global Britain ‘Black Swan’ Event by ‘Unthinkable’ Theatre (Checkmate)’ (2021) https://wp.me/p94Aj4-2UF

    Johnny McNeill
    #GaslightingGilligan (© 2017) 
    Twitter: @GasGilligan (*free download*)

  3. Additionally,

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/youve-been-flagged-threat-predictive-ai-technology-puts-target-your-back/5779937

    You’ve been flagged as a threat.

    Before long, every household in America will be similarly flagged and assigned a threat score.

    Without having ever knowingly committed a crime or been convicted of one, you and your fellow citizens have likely been assessed for behaviors the government might consider devious, dangerous or concerning; assigned a threat score based on your associations, activities and viewpoints; and catalogued in a government database according to how you should be approached by police and other government agencies based on your particular threat level.

    If you’re not unnerved over the ramifications of how such a program could be used and abused, keep reading.

    It’s just a matter of time before you find yourself wrongly accused, investigated and confronted by police based on a data-driven algorithm or risk assessment culled together by a computer program run by artificial intelligence.

    Consider the case of Michael Williams, who spent almost a year in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Williams was behind the wheel when a passing car fired at his vehicle, killing his 25-year-old passenger Safarian Herring, who had hitched a ride.

    Despite the fact that Williams had no motive, there were no eyewitnesses to the shooting, no gun was found in the car, and Williams himself drove Herring to the hospital, police charged the 65-year-old man with first-degree murder based on ShotSpotter, a gunshot detection program that had picked up a loud bang on its network of surveillance microphones and triangulated the noise to correspond with a noiseless security video showing Williams’ car driving through an intersection. The case was eventually dismissed for lack of evidence.

    Although gunshot detection program like ShotSpotter are gaining popularity with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and courts alike, they are riddled with flaws, mistaking “dumpsters, trucks, motorcycles, helicopters, fireworks, construction, trash pickup and church bells…for gunshots.”

    As an Associated Press investigation found, “the system can miss live gunfire right under its microphones, or misclassify the sounds of fireworks or cars backfiring as gunshots.”

    In one community, ShotSpotter worked less than 50% of the time.

    Then there’s the human element of corruption which invariably gets added to the mix. In some cases, “employees have changed sounds detected by the system to say that they are gunshots.” Forensic reports prepared by ShotSpotter’s employees have also “been used in court to improperly claim that a defendant shot at police, or provide questionable counts of the number of shots allegedly fired by defendants.”

  4. Quality column from someone we all should come to respect for his moral courage and sacrifice.
    Thank you JK.

  5. People are blind if they cannot see the parallels between the Biden Administration and Nazi Germany or any Totalitarian system. The stark reality is that there are many similarities and this goes back to Obama and the Clintons etc. all of whom use Freemason Satanic hand signals etc., and who have continually undermined the rights of the people. It does not take an historian to figure out that these politicians have been eating away at our rights all along, and its time we took them back by force if necessary. After all who are they to deny the people if they represent us????

    1. “It’s time that we took them (rights) back by force if necessary.” Who are ‘we?’ Though force is necessary Ed, ‘we’ are not going to do anything because totalitarianism has been equated to freedom.
      These evil men and women will continue to ply their evil ways and get handsomely paid for it. And blowing whistles can get you jailed or killed, e.g. Mr. Snowden and Assange.

    2. Hello, to John K: We were friends on FB until I finally became disgusted enough with their censorship to get the hell out! Cheers, and hope you are well, and same to Edward C.
      I’d say this trend toward totalitarianism goes back to the original eugenicists from WWII and before, back to at least the mid-1800’s… It’s never really stopped, living in the minds and plans of the Parasite Class (filthy rich), who have always resented the “dumb, stupid animals” they are forced to put up with– until they can carry out their “final solution.” Democracy is dead, and Free Speech in on the block, beaten and half-dead already. How we allowed our “representatives” to undo Habeas Corpus AND legalize propaganda AND legalize mass surveillance is a study in dumbed-down, broken-spirited, sickened and poisoned citizens trained to consume products made by other peoples in other countries to fill the void in their souls. It appears that the only way to now wake the zombies is to attack them personally and physically, which of course is in the works. All that said, I believe that it will be LOVE and JUSTICE and LIBERTY that will save us. I have no doubt we will eventually emerge from this attack on Humanity, but the amount of suffering before that happens is anyone’s guess. I also believe the key is to remain in a positive mindset… I have recently taken a bit of a Jesus phrase and added my own bit: Resist Not Evil– Work Around It.

  6. Fascists are going to do what fascists do. They are the system so they will do as they please and there isn’t any means within the system to stop them. You can’t vote them out and you can’t wish them out. We are at the fourth turning, the old system is dying of it’s own corruption and the a new system has yet to be born….

    In the meantime, those who rule will use any means necessary….any means necessary….to maintain their control. The more it slips away, the tighter their grip will become. Until it all just breaks.

  7. “Hunter Biden stated publicly that the laptop was his”
    Really? When? Where?

  8. Mr Kiriakou,

    Thank you for this eloquent defense of free speech and free thought!. Whoever knew that we in the US would someday be struggling to stem the numbing tide of mindless drivel and mindful propaganda in defense of the basic ideals that once set our country apart from all others? And thank you as well for your courage in the face of your own personal crucifixion by the very country you once served so ably — again, all in the service of alerting your fellow citizens to the creeping danger of US government tyranny.

    One minor point of correction for you. You cited ‘Bernard’ Russell as an exemplar of courageous truth-telling in objecting to Britain’s policy of conscription to press men into service in WWI. That he was, but his actual first name was ‘Bertrand’. On the whole, I was very pleased to read your essay. It renewed my sense of hope that many other people share a similar antipathy towards the Biden Admin’s notion of ‘Disinformation Governance’.

    1. More white trash, Bertrand.

      Bertrand Russell included a discussion of eugenics in his famous book on marriage and sexual morality, Marriage and Morals. Russell advocated the sterilization of the “mentally defective”.

      Branded low class, or mentally slow, they were rounded up behind secure fences, in Institutes for Misled and Morally Neglected Children, where they were eventually led off for “treatment”. One man has told how he and his fellow teenage boys planned to run away rather than undergo the dreaded “cut in the crotch”. Maria Nordin, now seeking compensation from the Swedish government, remembers sobbing as she was pressed to sign away her rights to have a baby. Told that she would stay locked up forever if she did not cooperate, she relented – spending the rest of her life childless and in regret.

      In Sweden the self-examination has already begun. A government minister has admitted that “what went on is barbaric and a national disgrace”, with more than 60,000 Swedish women sterilised from 1935 until as late as 1976. What has shocked most observers is that all this was committed not by some vile fascistic regime, but by a string of welfare-minded, Social Democratic governments. Indeed, the few voices of opposition came from Swedish conservatives.

      But the reckoning cannot be confined to Scandinavia: Britain has some soul-searching of its own to do. What’s more, as in Sweden, the culprits are not long-forgotten fire-breathers of the far right. On the contrary: eugenics is the dirty little secret of the British left. The names of the first champions read like a roll call of British socialism’s best and brightest: Sidney and Beatrice Webb, George Bernard Shaw, Harold Laski, John Maynard Keynes, Marie Stopes, the New Statesman even, lamentably, the Manchester Guardian. Nearly every one of the left’s most cherished, iconic figures espoused views which today’s progressives would find repulsive.

      1. Unfortunately eugenics was (is?) a widely held belief among most Elites who believed they were (are) “exceptional”, and that their genetics contribute(d) to their greatness.
        The infamous quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes that Carrie Buck should be sterilized– ““Three generations of imbeciles are enough.” (I originally thought he was talking about our Presidents!)– was matter of fact, with no soul-searching. The “feeble-minded” were once at least minimally sheltered mostly by religious activists (now they live and defecate on the streets. Free!)
        Criticizing others from prior times is fraught with lack of cultural context. Bertrand Russell wrote so much there is always something to disagree with, but his quote: “In a democracy it is necessary that people should learn to endure having their sentiments outraged”, has always been a standard for Free Speech. Today we have people restricting free speech with an almost religious faith-based, evidence-free bias, mostly related to their political consensus views. While Russell had much to say on this, HL Mencken said it better.

    2. I believe there was at least one person who knew. His name was George Orwell.

      Ignorance is Strength
      War is Peace
      Freedom is Slavery

  9. @Jason Carter

    “How we allowed our “representatives” to undo Habeas Corpus AND legalize propaganda AND legalize mass surveillance is a study in dumbed-down, broken-spirited, sickened and poisoned citizens trained to consume products made by other peoples in other countries to fill the void in their souls. ”

    That’s the thing. We did not, never, there was no mandate for mass surveillance. It just crept in under cover of darkness.

    1. If it sneaked in under the cover of darkness, then how did we know about it before the Patriot Act was passed?

      1. It was already a scourge on humanity long before the Patriot Act. I’m no patriot.

    2. @Nom
      Of course the U.S. public allowed it. Whether people wanted it was not the question, but they didn’t stop it so they allowed it. They could have voted people out of office who enacted all this and replaced them with people who would reverse these horrible laws, but they didn’t.

  10. War in Ukraine – providing a shock-doctrine leap forward there for the biosecurity state from biometric surveillance compliments of Clearview to UBIs tied to ‘vaccine’ passes for IMF ‘assistance’ – is part of the larger world war against us all. There’s a coordinated agenda which psychological warfare’s weapons of mass distraction want us to keep separate, if recognized at all.

    For example:

    EU, U.K. Join U.S. in Launching Online ‘Disinformation’ Policies, Prompting Concerns About ‘One-World Governance’ of Social Media
    https://default.salsalabs.org/T07bbbed6-7678-4cd0-b5d2-f9fa4ea970b8/6ed6d624-35e3-403c-b944-c1c61b3a596c

    You’ve Been Flagged as a Threat: Predictive AI Technology Puts a Target on Your Back
    https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/youve_been_flagged_as_a_threat_predictive_ai_technology_puts_a_target_on_your_back

    WHO Pandemic Treaty: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Stop It
    https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/pandemic-treaty-world-health-organization-cola/
    “Pandemic Treaty” will hand WHO keys to global government
    https://off-guardian.org/2022/04/19/pandemic-treaty-will-hand-who-keys-to-global-government/

    And some bonus predictive programming, compliments of Free Speech Elon:
    Humans and robots are getting closer than ever
    https://www.the-sun.com/tech/5218657/humans-and-robots-are-getting-closer-than-ever/

    Also related:

    How the CIA made Google – part 1
    https://medium.com/@NafeezAhmed/how-the-cia-made-google-e836451a959e
    Why Google made the NSA – part 2
    https://medium.com/@NafeezAhmed/why-google-made-the-nsa-2a80584c9c1

    The Military Origins of Facebook
    https://unlimitedhangout.com/2021/04/investigative-reports/the-military-origins-of-facebook/

  11. Disinformation Governance Board? NewsGuard? For sure prime newspeak.

    So bad as to be totally beyond parody:
    an Irony Curtain has fallen across America.

  12. If one thinks that there is any legitimate reason why some people’s speech should to be curtailed via censorship of content or limiting access and distribution of speech one exhibits elements of fundamentally fascist consciousness.

    Ancient Roman symbol of “Fasci” (fascism) meant strength in unity, strength in uniform thought and consciousness among fascists as symbolized by a bundle of identical twigs cut to one single size.

    Such cut and sized uniform consciousness of fascists shows itself by shared among all fascist ideologues evidence free, empirically unproven believe that speech itself can be more harmful to society then silencing that very speech.

    In reality the only remedy for harmful speech is more of diverse speech to counter it in condition of equitable access to audiences and apriori rejection of any formal or informal institutional authority, whatever it can be, usurping right to legitimate value and validity of any speech content or form that must be judged by listeners alone.

    There can be no limits on free speech content or there can be no open democratic society. As far as form of free speech is concerned it must not however interfere or limit anyone else exercising one’s own free speech rights in equitable way.

    The today virtually destroyed by Social media US constitutional freedom of press as well as now defunct rules of Fairness in Reporting in media were meek and faulty shadows of true free speech principles. All replaced by state or Supra state ministry of Truth and private medial tyrannies.

    The fused state and corporate mass propaganda unfettered by alternative interpretations, views, assessments or ideas amount to mass psychological warfare which is a part of class warfare waged by oligarchic class against people who work for living and their life sustaining communities and economies.

    The unprecedented mass censorship today is a tool of depoliticizing politics as Hardt and Negri wrote (both lapsed radical Marxists. First fought in guerrilla war in Central America second was in prison for collaboration with radical leftist Brigade Rossi militant group in Italy ) in their book “Empire” already in 1999. The book wittingly or not turned out to became a blueprint for following 20 years in western politics and statecraft.

    Today opposing any government or corporate policies domestic or foreign does not make us political opponents wanting policy changes as bourgeois liberal democratic political framework used to allow.

    Today It makes us dangerous pariahs, immoral terrorists who want to disturb harmony or do harm to united nation and its people and hence we are being canceled, erased from public space and public discourse and ultimately from jobs and economy into condemned margin of “decent moral” fascist society of identical twigs. The supposed moral authority of self righteous fascist mob in media and in the streets is rendered by ruling elites as beyond any reproach.

    Fascism and its empty “feel good” slogans of national inclusiveness (team playing) requiring no thought but pure emotion of joy, happiness, false hope, self righteousness and fake sense of unity and justice was quite popular in Italy in 1920s and in Germany during Great Depression across entire social spectrum from aristocracy to industrialists to petty bourgeois to peasants while industrial working class was mostly untrusting and required strong persuasion and brainwashing to jump on fascist bandwagon by means of bribery, intimidation, desperation or brutal violence.

    All that required elimination, canceling of those who rained on fascist parade of self love via means of depoliticizing of any opposition and instead criminalizing it as enemies of nation. Voting for fascism was not political but moral choice.

    As under Fascist regimes in Spain, Germany or Italy etc., editors of newspapers did not have to censor their journalists because of censorship laws. They fired (cancelled) them. The same thing was long happening in nominally democratic west and accelerated in at least two decades and ultimately produced a monolithic corporate state controlled MSM while journalistic refugees were relegated on social media concentration camps.

    Today young western journalists know that road to career is paved with grants, endorsements sponsorships and mentoring by CIA and their fronts as they learn essential journalistic skill of cutting and pasting from CIA briefs or corporate PR announcements.

    Like in fascist states they all deeply believe that they are free and can say whatever their masters brainwashed them with without any need for censorship.

    To shame of journalistic profession it was willfully ignorant journalistic mob that attacked veteran journalists like Bob Sheer who called for sanity and were foaming with hatred against independent media daring to closely examine official narratives. There is no peoples justice in the west anymore but only street, government and corporate board fascist mob and electoral zombies to legitimize their totalitarian rule.

  13. Ahh . . . . QUOTING:

    Merton was keenly aware of technology’s dangers to social stability. In a 1967 letter he took aim at the “universal myth that technology’s infallibly makes everything in every way better for everybody. It does not.” However, Merton was by no means a Luddite. “Technology could indeed make a better world for millions of human beings,” he wrote. Yet there remains the nightmare of technology transforming the world into a “more collectivist, cybernated mass culture.” Decades before the first desktop, Merton foresaw a complete fragmentation of the nation’s moral and spiritual fabric when people began basing all of their political and ethical decisions on computers. Prophetically he wrote to a friend, “just wait until they start philosophizing with computers!” That was 1967. He even foresaw technology becoming a means to elevate the slaves of technology’s false self, to satisfy narcissistic appetites for admiration and status. In other words, the woke social media.

    “The greatest need of our time,” Merton wrote in his Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, “is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes all political and social life a mass illness. Without this housecleaning we cannot begin to see. Unless we see we cannot think. The purification must begin with the mass media.”

    Guilt by association laws buried in Obama’s National Defense Authorization Act, for example, are in place.

    Expanding a law’s scope is far easier than erasing it from the books. Consequently, it is not unlikely that these laws may eventually widen to include charges of subversion based solely on the emails you read, the videos you watch or the broadcasts you listen to. This would inevitably lead to the death toll for any residue of integrity in journalism. Silicon Valley’s collusion with the government has canceled the voices of some of our best investigative journalists, such as Julian Assange, Chris Hedges, Sharyl Attkinsson, Glenn Greenwald and Max Blumenthal. These are only a few of many examples. The new unstated law is that original investigation must support the official narrative, otherwise it will be prohibited from accessible public view.

    We may recall that under the second Bush administration, the justice department created “free speech zones,” fenced off or confined areas where demonstrators were only permitted to exercise their Constitutional rights of free protest and expression. Today we are only several small amendments away before the right to assemble being banned altogether.

    Earlier generations were not threatened by the telecommunication and technological giants, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia. Clinton’s Communications Decency Act of 1996, despite its well-meaning intentions to protect free speech, turned out to be destructively naïve. At that time it was sensible; however, that was before the advent of the social media that now dominates our lives and shapes political discourse. Silicon Valley has become a force far more powerful than the lobbyists on K Street to ensure that corporate Democrats are raised to a position of absolute power. Yet the problem would be equally threatening if it were the corporate and radicalized GOP in power.

    Source: ” America’s Full Spectrum Decline” by Gale and Null!

  14. Oh, that CIA! That disinformation campaign!

    https://unlimitedhangout.com/2022/03/investigative-reports/ukraine-and-the-new-al-qaeda/

    As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate and dominate the world’s attention, the increasing evidence that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is and has been working to create and arm an insurgency in the country has received considerably little attention considering its likely consequences. This is particularly true given that former CIA officials and a former Secretary of State are now openly saying that the CIA is following the “models” of past CIA-backed insurgencies in Afghanistan and Syria for its plans in Ukraine. Given that those countries have been ravaged by war as a direct result of those insurgencies, this bodes poorly for Ukraine.

    Yet, this insurgency is poised to have consequences that reach far beyond Ukraine. It increasingly appears that the CIA sees the insurgency it is creating as more than an opportunity to take its hybrid war against Russia ever closer to its borders. As this report will show, it appears the CIA is determined to manifest a prophecy propagated by its own ranks over the past two years. This prediction from former and current intelligence officials dates from at least early 2020 and holds that a “transnational white supremacist network” with alleged ties to the Ukraine conflict will be the next global catastrophe to befall the world as the threat of Covid-19 recedes.

    Per these “predictions”, this global network of white supremacists – allegedly with a group linked to the conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine at its core – is to become the new Islamic State-style threat and will undoubtedly be used as the pretext to launch the still-dormant infrastructure set up last year by the US government under President Biden for an Orwellian “War on Domestic Terror.”

    Given that this CIA-driven effort to build an insurgency in Ukraine began as far back as 2015 and that the groups it has trained (and continues to train) include those with overt Neo-Nazi connections, it seems that this “coming Ukrainian insurgency,” as it has been recently called, is already here. In that context, we are left with the unnerving possibility that this latest escalation of the Ukraine-Russia conflict has merely served as the opening act for the newest iteration of the seemingly endless “War on Terror.”

  15. Good stuff here over at John Steppling blog,

    These capitalist visions rest on the idea that AI will provide an unmatched form of “slave” labor. It would supposedly “free” people from their own labor, if only we let it. Although experts tend to refer to the “slave” in generic terms, or link it in passing to slavery in antiquity, the slave metaphor is always racial and gendered— especially when invoked by white professionals in North America. The persistent and unselfconscious appeals to slavery highlight the whiteness of the AI expert industry, and the racial capitalism that animates experts’ visions.”

    Yarden Katz (Ibid)
    The unconscious use of racial metaphors is revealing. For nothing happens in a vacuum. Important, too, to remember that AI is bankrolled by asset managers like Blackstone and Vanguard. And that massive land grabs are part of their business model. Land grabs in the global south primarily. Capitalism is never green. Next to military intelligence, green capitalism is the worlds best oxymoron.

    To understand that the second byproduct of capitalism, racism, is resurgent — as is fascism — one needs to look back at the invention of whiteness. Katz quotes Cedric Robinson, who coined the phrase, ‘invention of the negro’. And while this took place in cultural affairs, and (per Beller) in the very origins of the camera and photograph, it most perniciously took place in science. Racial science.

    “With racism’s permeation of daily life, grandiose assaults on racism—highly public spectacles against exceptional behavior—miss the mark. Racism, as a function of extraordinary individuals conceals the structural dimension of a society that conceals itself from itself through making its noxious values so familiar and frequent that they cease to function as objects of observation and reflection; they, in short, become unreflective and so steeped in familiarity that they become invisible.”

    Lewis Gordon (Fanon and the Crisis of European Man)

  16. One of the most astonishing aspects of the pile of left-ish Neo Progressive bile above is the complete absence of the Fake News epidemic which the new office is a response to.

    It is important to stress that Fake News has real life consequence on the one hand (e,g,. the disastrous and unprecedentedly damaging presidency of Trump), and on the other hand renders the whole ‘freedom of the press’ issue mute – if the press cannot be trusted, its ‘freedom’ is little more than a delusional (sad) joke.

    The fact the text above stripes its topic from any pertinent context (the subsumed idea that the reason for the office is irrelevant and immaterial to it borders on the esoterically bizarre, to say the least), while a typical Neo Progressive demagogic strategy, is also a prime example of the rot infesting overly politicized publications.

    The idea that the media can and should monitor itself and that the ‘market’ of ideas regulates itself is as absurd (and a self-serving demagoguery) as the idea that corporations can and should regulate themselves or that the market will do it for them.

    The new office is a dangerous move primarily since it is likely to be abused by Republicans when they recapture power, but at least it tries to address one of the biggest threats to press and its freedoms in history, and the reflexive left-ish Neo Progressive response above is in fact a case in point…

  17. Why don’t you goddamn “independent fearless investigative journalists” get it?!

    It’s your responsibility to help expose the crime of the century! Perhaps the most blatant, brazen, horrific and successful crime against the United States of America its history!!!: PNAC’s powerful catalyst of 911, unabated 20 years on! It’s high time to flip their catalyst! It’s high time to change the tide! America is well on its way to becoming the most fascist country in human history! with no bill of rights no healthcare no education no livable environment no security no freedom! No life! FLIP THEIR CATALYSTS! Use your freedom of speech While still can! Simultaneously declare your solidarity with the 3500+ architects and engineers for 911 truth! Signed the petition! write an open letter! There is strength in numbers the official story mafia will instantly be rendered powerless! Academically, 9/11 truth has already won! We must have brave free fearless independent investigative journalists Proofrate 911 truth ASAFP!

    We have met the enemy and he is us.

    https://youtu.be/2hkqwUgIw8w

    Inside out:
    https://youtu.be/BJ342GueSUg

    Number one documentary in human history! Fahrenheit 911:
    https://youtu.be/fn-XPs8hFGg

    15 years later: on the physics of high-rise building collapses

    https://www.europhysicsnews.org/articles/epn/pdf/2016/04/epn2016474p21.pdf

    The web traffic to this story crashed Europhysicsnews website! Still their number one story in their history!

    Biggest arson insurance fraud in human history!

    911 – WTC7 – Larry Silverstein says “Pull it”
    https://youtu.be/-ZlmHvd_RZU

    Building 7
    https://youtu.be/bWorDrTC0Qg

    Towers exploding
    https://youtu.be/nUDoGuLpirc

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