Concerns about freedom of expression rise above the DHS ‘disinformation’ board, while lawmakers, critics weigh in

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Federal and state lawmakers, constitutional researchers, and other experts are expressing concern over the Department of Homeland Security’s new misinformation board, which they say is the Biden administration’s attempt to stifle free speech.

Mayorkas announced in testimony Wednesday to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that DHS had set up a disinformation management board to combat online disinformation.

“The goal is to bring (DHS) resources together to address this threat,” Mayorkas said during the hearing, adding that the department is focused on spreading disinformation in minority communities ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

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Nina Jankowicz becomes CEO of the misinformation board.

Nina Jankowicz becomes CEO of the misinformation board.
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Late. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Was quick to condemn this latest action by the Biden administration, promising to introduce legislation to defuse the new disinformation board.

“The federal government has nothing to do with creating a Ministry of Truth. The Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Board” is unconstitutional and un-American, and I want to pass a bill to define it, “he said. tweeted Friday.

Late. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Tweeted in the same way: “Nothing else we are working on will matter if we do not put a stop to Biden’s Ministry of Truth.” And Senator Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., Stated: “I trust the common sense of the American people. A government judge in the ‘truth department’ is a [red flag] for free-thinking people. “

Late. Rick Scott, R-Fla., planning to ask Mayorka’s more about the board in a hearing next week for the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., Organized a letter to Mayorkas, received exclusively by Fox News Digital, to “oversee” the new board and “continue efforts 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 Russian secret scam, suppressed the story of Hunter Biden laptops, and equated parents with terrorists, believes it has credibility in controlling your speech,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R- Calif. tweeted on Friday. “Biden must immediately abandon his plan to create an Orwellian Ministry of Truth.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorka's Witnesses to Subcommittee on House Grants April 27, 2022 in Washington, DC

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorka’s Witnesses to Subcommittee on House Grants April 27, 2022 in Washington, DC
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Representative Mike Turner, R-Ohio, and Representative of the House of Representatives of the House of Representatives, John Katko, RN.Y., also sent a letter to Mayokras Friday, expressing “serious concern” over the lack of information about the activities of the Board of Directors under the leadership of Jankowicz.

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In addition, rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., tweeted“I do not think people fully understand the seriousness of what a truth ministry organized by DHS really means. This is Stalin level. This is Mao level. This is the hill to die on.”

The issue has spread to states where GOP legislators and leaders are pushing back.

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“Clearly, our entire principles on which the country was founded, you can not have a Ministry of Truth in this country,” Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said during a news conference Friday. “So let’s be right here, let’s make sure we do things for the benefit of Floridians and Americans, but we will not let Biden get away with this.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote a letter to Mayorca on Friday that was obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital. In the letter, Schmitt states that the “Orewell” board’s focus on focusing resources on the threat of “misinformation” should “shock the very core of the American belief system, a threat to freedom of expression that will rightly alarm freedom – loving people. all over America, including those in my home state of Missouri. “

Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid said the misinformation board “is not exactly a reassuring thought.”

“How is this up for debate at all? The government should not be involved in deciding what is true and false,” Hamid continued.

Not all critics are Republicans or Conservatives.

“The fact that Biden Admin accidentally announced today that the Dept of Homeland Security – a domestic security agency – has set up a ‘disinformation’ board is indescribably dystopian and shocking,” independent journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted on Thursday. “That Democrats think it’s good and normal tells you everything you need to know about them.”

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The White House defended the DHS board Thursday, saying its goal is to prevent disinformation in a “number” of communities.

“It sounds like the purpose of the board is to prevent misinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a number of communities,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in response to Republican criticism of the board during a daily press briefing . “I’m not sure who is against that effort.”

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