We’ve seen the reports and the evidence. For some of us, closer to home than we’d like.
As I reported in mid-October, Joe Biden and Barack Obama accomplished what even Richard Nixon couldn’t do, despite his desperate efforts during the Watergate scandal. As Texas Senator Ted Cruz articulated, “Obama pushed hard partisans into career positions at DOJ, the FBI, the intelligence agencies, and the IRS, and targeted his political enemies. It has now metastasized under Biden.”
And as I reported in April, a group of former intelligence and national security officials issued a jointly signed letter warning that pending legislative attempts to restrict or break up the power of Big Tech monopolies — Facebook, Google, and Amazon — would jeopardize national security.
Let’s break this down, so far: Former intelligence and national security officials argue that centralized censorship is not only crucial to protecting national security but also in advancing U.S. foreign policy, on one hand, and the Obama-weaponized DOJ, FBI, and IRS targeting political enemies metastasizing under the presidency of Joe Biden, on the other hand.
What could possibly go wrong? We’re about to find out.
The New York Post on Sunday published a piece by investigative journalist Miranda Devine about a little-noticed federal lawsuit, Missouri v. Biden, that “is uncovering astonishing evidence of an entrenched censorship scheme cooked up between the federal government and Big Tech that would make Communist China proud.” (Note: While the lawsuit hasn’t been extensively covered by the legacy media, RedState has reported on it, including smoking gun emails obtained via the discovery process which demonstrate the coordination.)
According to Devine, 67 government officials or agencies — including the FBI — are accused in the lawsuit of violating the First Amendment by pressuring Facebook, Twitter, and Google to censor users for alleged misinformation or disinformation.
Victims of the Biden-Big Tech’s “censorship enterprise,” Devine said, include The Post, whose Hunter Biden laptop exposé was suppressed by Facebook, and then Twitter in October 2020 after “the FBI went to Facebook warning them with great specificity to watch out for a ‘dump’ of Russian disinformation, pertaining to Joe Biden, with an uncanny resemblance to our stories.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who’s leading the action, summarized the lawsuit:
We allege that top-ranking Biden administration officials colluded with those social media companies to suppress speech about the Hunter Biden laptop story, the origins of COVID-19, the efficacy of masks, and election integrity.
Devine further said Big Tech censorship is related to alleged “misinformation” about COVID pandemic lockdowns and vaccines, as well as material from esteemed infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists that proved over time to be correct — and eventually, much of which was adopted as official policy by the CDC.
The list of defendants includes:
FBI special agents Elvis Chan and Laura Dehmlow, who gave Facebook that detailed “disinformation” briefing right before The Post was censored
White House press secretaries, current and former, Karine Jean-Pierre and Jen Psaki
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser
Former White House senior COVID-19 adviser Andrew Slavitt
Counsel to President Biden Dana Remus
The DHS over the disbanded Disinformation Governance Board
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
The State Department
The US Election Assistance Commission.
The civil action was filed by the attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana, noted Devine, in partnership with “such red-pilled lawyers as Jenin Younes at the New Civil Liberties Alliance.” (Biden’s sleazy attorney general, Merrick Garland was unavailable for comment.)
The case overlaps a separate lawsuit by COVID-response critic and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, whose legal victories so far forced Twitter to reinstate his account after he was banned over his COVID reporting. But as Devine noted, the “cat and mouse game continues as Berenson is currently suspended again.”
The Bottom Line
Banning and censoring conservative opinion and factual information, under the false pretense of misinformation or disinformation, that contradict the lies and narratives of the Biden administration and upset the supreme potentates of Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and other Big Tech companies, smacks of the heady days of the Soviet Union and today’s Communist China.
Yet Joe Biden pathetically declared: “Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans are a threat to the very soul of this country.”
It’s time to drain the swamp — for real, this time.