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Federal and state lawmakers, constitutional scholars and other experts are voicing concern about the Department of Homeland Security’s new disinformation committee, which they say is the Biden administration’s attempt to stifle freedom of expression.
Mayorkas announced during testimony Wednesday before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that DHS has established a Disinformation Governance Council to combat online disinformation.
“The goal is to marshal the resources of (DHS) to deal with this threat,” Mayorkas said during the hearing, adding that the department is focused on spreading misinformation in minority communities ahead of the elections. mid-term of 2022.
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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., was quick to condemn this latest move by the Biden administration, promising to introduce legislation to defund the new disinformation council.
“The federal government does not have to create a Department of Truth. The Department of Homeland Security’s ‘Disinformation Council’ is unconstitutional and un-American, and I will be introducing legislation to remove it,” he said. -he declares. tweeted Friday.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., similarly tweeted, “Nothing else we’re working on will matter if we don’t end Biden’s Ministry of Truth.” And Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., said, “I trust in the common sense of the American people. A government adjudicator in the ‘truth’ department is a [red flag] for free-spirited people.”
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., consider asking Mayorkas will learn more about the board during a hearing next week before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Oversight committee rankings member representative James Comer, R-Ky., arranged a letter to Mayorkas on Friday, obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital, to “exercise oversight” on the new board and “continue efforts at the within the Biden administration to suppress free speech and discredit legitimate criticism as misinformation.” All 19 House oversight Republicans signed the letter.
“The same party that spent years promoting the Russia collusion hoax, deleted Hunter Biden’s laptop story and equated parents with terrorists thinks it has the credibility to control your speech,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted Friday. “Biden must immediately abandon plans to create an Orwellian Ministry of Truth.”
Mike Turner, R-Ohio, member of the House Standing Select Committee on Intelligence, and John Katko, RN.Y., member of the House Homeland Security Committee, also sent a letter to Mayokras on Friday, expressing “serious concerns” about the shortage. information on the board’s activities under Jankowicz’s leadership.
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Additionally, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., tweeted“I don’t think people fully understand the gravity of what a DHS-organized Ministry of Truth really means. That’s Stalin’s level. That’s Mao’s level. That’s the hill on which to die.”
The problem has spread to states, with lawmakers and GOP leaders pushing back.
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“It is clear that all of our principles on which the country was founded cannot have a Ministry of Truth in this country,” Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Friday at a press conference. “So let’s be real here, let’s make sure we do things for the benefit of Floridians and Americans, but we’re not going to let Biden get away with this one.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote a letter to Mayorkas on Friday that was obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital. In the letter, Schmitt says the Orewellian council’s emphasis on focusing resources on the threat of “mis/disinformation” should “shock the very core of the American belief system, a threat to free speech. which will rightly alarm freedom-loving people across America, including those in my home state of Missouri.”
Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, said the misinformation advice was “not exactly a reassuring thought”.
“How can this still be up for debate? The government should not be involved in deciding what is right and wrong,” Hamid continued.
Not all critics are Republicans or Conservatives.
“The fact that Admin Biden today casually announced that the Department of Homeland Security – a homeland security agency – has created a ‘disinformation’ committee is indescribably dystopian and chilling,” the freelance journalist tweeted Thursday. Glenn Greenwald. “The fact that Democrats think it’s okay and normal tells you everything you need to know about them.”
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The White House on Thursday defended the DHS board, saying its goal was to prevent misinformation in a “range” of communities.
“It appears the council’s goal is to prevent misinformation and disinformation from traveling across the country to various communities,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in response to Republican criticism of the advice during a daily press briefing. “I don’t know who opposes this effort.”