Thanks to Elon Musk, Twitter has been dominating the conversation regarding social media’s close association with the FBI. As Jon Levine reports for the NEW YORK POST, there was a revolving door between the FBI and Twitter. Some who crossed over to Twitter had spent 20 years at the Bureau.
But now we’re learning that the FBI was perhaps even more entrenched at Facebook –- okay, “Meta” –- than at Twitter, with at least 115 people former intel agents working there. That is downright incestuous, and Democrats in Congress seem to have taken for granted that it would always be so. But as law professor Jonathan Turley reports, some of the biggest proponents of election “disinformation” censorship, including California Rep. Adam Schiff and Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, wrote a letter to Facebook leadership warning them not to go the way of Twitter in restoring free speech, at the risk of congressional action. They say they don’t want to see any “backsliding” from Facebook. A must-read…
As Jesse Watters reported Monday evening, the lead investigator on Facebook’s “misinformation” team, Aaron Burman, was “a CIA spook for 17 years.” The goal of his team in deep-sixing the Hunter Biden laptop story obviously was to get Trump out of the White House and put Biden in. “Now we have a compromised President in the White House,” Watters said, and the feds are still at FB.
“It’s a conspiracy to eviscerate the First Amendment,” said Ben Weingarten at THE FEDERALIST, “to consolidate power. When Yoel Roth talks about what happened in 2016...[that was] when Donald Trump won, and they could never allow a catastrophe like that to happen.” This was taking it even farther than Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and that the rest of that FBI enclave masterminding the Russia Hoax.
Weingarten recalled the article Molly Ball wrote in TIME, admitting what they’d done and even bragging about how well it had worked. The information under the subhead “The Disinformation Defense” is particular eye-opening; note that Twitter’s then CEO Jack Dorsey is mentioned. Written in February 2021, it’s newly timely.
Their purpose was to “fortify” the election by controlling the flow of information, and that’s exactly what the government did, Weingarten said, through “cut-outs” (such as the Election ‘Integrity’ Project). This was “election interference on a mass scale,” he said.
The transparency is there now at Twitter, he said, but accountability is yet to be seen. For First Amendment violations, we’re going to need real cases, “not just Kabuki theater in Washington.” He also pointed out that we’ve had more revelations about the control of information through Elon Musk than we ever got from the John Durham special counsel.
As for “Twitter Files” installment #7, Shellenberger has spent the past couple of weeks analyzing the internal email communications and direct messages through “Slack,” as “there were so many FBI officials at Twitter that they had their own internal messaging system. They even had their own cue cards to train officials going from the FBI to Twitter. As you know, former FBI general counsel Jim Baker had moved to Twitter as deputy general counsel –- with a stop-off at the Clinton-connected Brookings Institution –- and was pushing hard for censoring the NEW YORK POST Hunter Biden laptop story.
Shellenberger said this “looks like kind of a psychological operation [‘psyops’],” the kind of activity the CIA normally would be conducting around the world. But this was done in the United States, against news organizations and social media. And, yes, it’s illegal. The FBI is the most powerful police entity in our country, and it’s not supposed to be politicized and “engaging in dirty campaign tricks.”
The FBI had Hunter’s hard drive in December 2019, when computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac turned it over to them. So they had plenty of time to prep the media for a leak of so-called “Russian disinformation” that they said would drop before the 2020 election. They knew Miranda Devine was working on the story and when it would hit because they’d been spying on her and Rudy Giuliani’s communications. After Giuliani gave the hard drive to the NEW YORK POST, the secret communications between the FBI and Twitter amped up.
We’ve also learned that Twitter was actually being PAID millions of dollars by the FBI to suppress the laptop story, less than a month before the 2020 election. After all, ensuring Biden’s win was SO important, and Twitter would need to dedicate plenty of staff for this. Your tax dollars at work, to “protect democracy” by censoring a legitimate news story and interfering in a presidential election.
Shellenberger is calling for more investigation, stressing that we might very well need an independent prosecutor. We would add, however, that simply having more hearings will not solve this problem.
By now you’ve heard that Musk took a poll on Twitter to ask if he should step down as CEO. Here are the results: : 42.5 percent said STAY; 57.5 percent said RESIGN. Of course, a Twitter poll is about as unscientific as it gets, but he probably thought it would turn out this way when he decided to do it. He might put someone else nominally in charge to run the day-to-day, but one would think he’ll still be at the helm.
fHere’s something else new: John Solomon at JUST THE NEWS reports that at the time Congress was probing the Russia Collusion Hoax, the ‘Justice’ Department was caught spying on Trump campaign, in 2016-27. So they went after Devin Nunes, head of the House Intel Committee, Nunes’ staff, and also his attorney.
Nunes told Tucker that his committee issued 14 criminal referrals, and he assumed “John Durham has that.”
The DOJ also sought grand jury subpoenas for the personal email of two staffers on the House Intel Committee, including Kash Patel. This is so bad, folks.
Nunes accuses the DOJ of trying to find blackmail material.
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Well, of course they do! They don’t have the authority to do this, but they’re not about to let that stop them. The recommendation does not carry the force of law, but does anyone seriously think that would have kept them from doing this? It was predetermined, even though they never produced the “evidence” they said on the first day of their hearings that they would have.
It will be up to the ‘Justice’ Department to decide whether to press charges. But, again, does anyone seriously think Attorney General Merrick Garland won't do it? If I were a betting man, I’d say this is a “sure thing” –- it’s been the plan all along.
The Kommittee is also recommending that the House Ethics Committee, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, investigate Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy of California, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania for refusing to comply with subpoenas and testify. Their defense, of course, is that the Kommittee was formed in violation of House rules and therefore lacks authority to subpoena them.
Liz Cheney flat-out lied in her statement about this. Maybe the biggest whopper was this: “We knew that dozens of state and federal judges had addressed and resolved all manner of allegation about the election.” Sorry, Liz, they did no such thing, choosing not to look at the allegations due to matters of “standing” and whatever else they could pull out of their judicial robes. Those allegations were NOT resolved, and other very compelling ones have cropped up since.
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12/21/2022 12:11 AM
With career criminal politicians like joe biden, chuck schumer,
nancy pelosi, adam schiff and all the others in the dumbocratic party that have created a mafia of government, main stream & big tech media with the justice department and the fbi acting as their cover / protectors , the United States is headed to be in history just another once powerful
country that was destroyed from within by greedy / stupid/ corrupt leaders that only cared about themselves.
What is strange is the average
citizens will be hurt the most by this, yet
half the average
continues to vote for these maggots.