The House Weaponization Subcommittee released an interim staff report on Monday detailing how Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security allegedly used the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to monitor Americans and censor speech, according to The Daily Wire.
“CISA must be reined in, as must the Biden Administration’s ‘whole-of-government’ approach to social media censorship,” lawmakers wrote in the report. “Every American has the right to express his or her opinion online, and to receive information from others. Government classifications of opinions as ‘misinformation’ or ‘disinformation’ do not nullify the First Amendment’s guarantees.”
“A free and democratic society is impossible under a government that acts as the ultimate arbiter of truth in political discourse,” the report adds. “To better inform legislative efforts to end government censorship on the Internet and protect Americans’ rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, the Committee and Select Subcommittee will continue to investigate the extent of CISA’s and other Executive Branch agencies’ interactions with social media platforms.”
From the Daily Wire:
The subcommittee report comes on the heels of the Twitter Files and other reports, which also accused the federal government of pressuring and colluding with Big Tech to censor certain viewpoints from American citizens, primarily those who questioned pandemic-related information or the authenticity of the 2020 presidential election.
Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and other lawmakers obtained non-public documents that reveal how CISA — initially intended to focus on protecting critical infrastructure and cybersecurity threats — allegedly began working closely with the federal government on domestic surveillance and operations to censor parties on social media.
Former President Trump created the agency after signing into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. However, in the years since its creation, the subcommittee found that by 2020, CISA began “routinely” colluding with Big Tech and government-funded third parties by reporting social media posts that allegedly spread “disinformation” — further corroborating previous reports from Twitter Files journalists Matt Taibbi, Michael Shellenberger, and others.
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